There’s a new food court in the San Fernando Valley that focuses entirely on Asian restaurants. Northridge Eats, which opened in March, has four fast-casual restaurants in one mall. Hainanese chicken specialist Maxwell Chicken Rice is offering their signature boiled chicken along with fried chicken, garlic noodles and bone broth, while Akafuji Sushi, from Ryota Okumura (formerly Sushi Zo and Katana), serves nigiri, hand scroll and more. Mee Dee Thai Kitchen, which also has a location in historic South Central, sells boba, curries, fried noodles, classic Thai street food, and creative, new roasts like green curry fried chicken and potatoes Tom Yum fries. Regional chain and ramen-ya Kotsu Ramen & Gyoza offers 12-hour stewed tonkotsu, rice bowls, karaage, vegan gyoza, meat dumplings and seaweed salad. Akafuji Sushi is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; Maxwell Chicken Rice is open from 11am to 8pm daily; Mee Dee Thai Kitchen is open from 11am to 10pm daily and until midnight for delivery; and Kotsu Ramen & Gyoza open from 5 to 9 p.m. daily.
9346 Corbin Ave., Northridge, Northridgeeats.com
Nostalgia Bar & Lounge
Longtime cannabis chef and consultant Chris Sayegh, founder of Herbal Chef, has opened a restaurant and bar in Santa Monica that’s all about oldies and childhood flavors. At Nostalgia Bar & Lounge, Sayegh and co-chef Jared Ventura don’t infuse the menu with CBD and THC, as Sayegh has done at pop-up and dinner events in the past. Instead, they’re focusing on American comfort food (burgers, lobster rolls, fried cauliflower) and grown-ups using kids’ classics: pea butter, for example. Peanuts and jelly cake for dessert, or a terpene cocktail reminiscent of the fruity, last bit of an Otter Pop. Board games like Connect 4 and Jenga are available to play indoors as well as out in the yard with picnic bench seating. The next members-only dinner chain, called Secret Supper Club, is open to applications, with an annual membership fee of $1,000 for private meals, tickets, and targeted events. to guests who wish to discuss art, food, and psychedelics, among other topics. Nostalgia Bar & Lounge is open from 3pm to 2am from Wednesday to Sunday.
Chapter 1326 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, noigiabarandlounge.com
Hui Tou Xiang
Family-run dumpling shop Hui Tou Xiang in San Gabriel has expanded into Hollywood, taking over the former Cellar 43 wine bar space. The latter offers the signature hui tou, along with many San Gabriel staples: pork and leek pancakes, wontons, steamed long bao, noodles, boiled dumplings, and appetizers like marinated tofu skin. The Hollywood location has more seating, a larger bar and kitchen – the latter offers space to expand the menu with a selection of grilled skewers. A beer and wine service is coming soon, featuring local and international drinks that will complement the dumplings. Hui Tou Xiang is open in Hollywood from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.
1643 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 645-7272, huitouxiang.com
Calaca Mamas Cantina
A new Mexican restaurant headed by sisters Angela and Mariam El Haj to Anaheim, who are planning to pay homage to Día de los Muertos in theme and decor. The 200-seat restaurant is adjacent to Disneyland and will offer indoor dining, a cantina and patio with fireplaces along with dishes like chilaquiles, achiote-marinated mahi mahi and chicken tinga tacos. Calaca Mamas Cantina will open on May 27.
1550 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, calacamamas.com
Gilles Cabaret, a dinner and a show, debuted in West Hollywood’s La Bohème restaurant. Event takes place on Saturdays from 9pm-2am Admission is free, but each table requires a minimum of $50 per person (no bar minimum and $100 minimum) for high end tables). Evenings feature performances by musicians, DJs, dancers and aerialists, while menu options include kale salad, oysters, and sushi, along with cocktails, wine, and close service. bottle.
8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (917) 690-2523 gillescabaret.com
https://www.latimes.com/food/story/2022-04-05/this-new-northridge-eats-food-hall-specializes-in-asian-restaurants New Northridge food hall specializes in Asian restaurants