New restaurants in Santa Monica?
Have a friend coming to town & staying in Santa Monica -- she's a gourmet foodie & wants recommendations of interesting new places in the Santa Monica area to check out. (She already knows some of the usual suspects: Jiraffe, Violet, Lincoln). I live on the east side and am a little behind on what's going on over on that side of town... anything newish worth checking out?
Punch (on SMB) is newish and has garnered a few positive reviews recently for chow, ambiance and bar. Also, Literatti II is right on the SM/WLA border, and while not new, may satisfy such a visitor's needs.
Lincoln Steakhouse actually underwent a remodel and emerged as Holly's West, a bar/lounce with a small plates menu. Haven't heard much about it.
Valentino has a new chef (actually he worked at Valentino for years before moving back to Italy to open his own place, but now he's back!) so that might be work checking out.
I hear Whist has had a resurgence in terms of the quality of food ... it's in the Viceroy. Might want to check that out.