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March 10, 2017

5 of LA’s Hottest Food Spots

From Jason Schwartzman’s fave macrobiotic spot to the best new tacos

  • Written by Amuse Team
  1. 1. Brunch - M Café

    LA’s now-iconic macrobiotic restaurant M Café de Chaya is the go-to spot for health conscious Angelenos on the go. With great parking – there’s no reason not to hit up Jason Schwartzman, Madonna and Leo’s favourite vegan-friendly food spot. The organic tofu, black bean and kale breakfast burrito is to die for. Not to mention the homemade organic lemonade on a sweaty LA day. It’s the kind of place that’s good to take someone who’s afraid of eating healthy food – everything looks delicious and is super approachable. Take The Big Macro burger (made from heirloom brown rice and mushrooms with tomatoes, sprouts, dill pickle), which comes with sweet potato fries and is literally M Café’s way of saying ‘healthy food doesn’t have to be boring’. 7119, Melrose Ave, Los Angeles mcafedechaya.com

  2. 2. Lunch - Salazar

    Travelling far out East in LA is rare but Salazar gives you more than enough reason to pilgrimage past Silverlake. The exclusively outdoor restaurant lies beside the LA river and is built out of an old autoshop (what was once the office is now a huge glass-windowed grill where you can watch your food being prepared from the cacti lined patio). Dive into a pickled shitake and roast potato taco (they’re insane) or try the signature Salazar Caprese (heirloom tomatoes, burrata and pumpkin seed pesto) and make sure you Uber there, parking is a bitch and the cocktails will make you want to day drink (try the La Paloma - Mezcal, chilli and grapefruit juice). 2490 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles salazarla.com

  3. 3. Late Lunch - Baroo

    The name Baroo (which means a bowl that Buddhist monks are allowed to posess and use for the meals until their last breath) may sound a bit heavy, but the food is anything but. Using local, sustainable and organic ingredients, Baroo is making a smash on the LA food scene. With the aim of fermenting as much food as possible, the menu is brimming with kimchi and kombucha. Try the handmade Celeriac pasta and signature bibim salad. The kimchi fried rice is good enough to write home about. 5706 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles baroola.strikingly.com

  4. 4. Dinner - Crossroads

    Located bang in the middle of Melrose Ave, Crossroads is surprisingly easy to miss. Now a plant-based restaurant in LA is probably the most passé thing to write about, but Crossroads is special for a reason – it doesn’t look or feel like one. With big red banquet seats and booths, it’s more reminiscent of old Hollywood classic Musso & Franks than it is Moonjuice. Try the baby beet citrus salad (grapefruit segments with candied walnuts and almond cheese to garnish) and if you’re into something a little heaver, try the risotto – the cheese-less risotto. Now don’t let that put you off, it’s actually genius. Made with fennel harissa kimchee and yellow tomato egg yolk (yes, that’s actually a thing) it’s seasoned with shiitake mushrooms, crispy shallots and pesto. 8284 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles crossroadskitchen.com

  5. 5. Dinner - Catch

    Deemed the ‘coolest rooftop in West Hollywood’ and ‘the most celebrity-riddled restaurant in LA’ by EaterLA, it’s easy to call Catch a phenomenon. The iconic NYC seafood restaurant opened it’s doors in September last year and is already the go-to late night food spot for everyone from Leo to Drake and Beiber and the Hadid’s and the Kardashians (naturally). Despite all the celebrity hype – the food is actually spectacular. Reeling off what you should try is essentially just reeling off the entire menu – everything is delicious. Some favourites: truffle cod sashimi, black cod lettuce wraps (insane) and the mushroom spaghetti. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, fear not – Catch has you covered with an entire vegan and vegetarian menu that’s equally as delicious (try the king oyster and cashew king roll and the miso glazed eggplant). Stay late, drink into the early hours. 8715, Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood catchrestaurants.com Made possible with thanks to visitcalifornia.com

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Photography of Catch and Salazar Courtesy of EaterLA

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