Nearby Son of a Gun for dinner?
I was hoping to nab an early (5pm) reservation at Son of Gun this weekend, but they don't open until 6.
Thing is - we have a show to go to at 7 closer toward Koreatown, and I want to take a leisurely early dinner and drinks before we cab it over to the Ebell Theater.
What else is in the area between Beverly Center and K'town that's new and exciting? Also, must be open by 5pm. No limits on the cuisine
I was thinking maybe Robata Jinya, or even Chaya Brasserie, but both open at 5:30. What else is good in the neighborhod?
Followup: we ended up at AOC for some pre-show bites. Had some great wines by the glass, ate great small plates. Exceptionally sharp service. It's a great place and we enjoyed it.
But after our show, we poked our heads into Gusto for some dessert, wine and maybe one entree to share. Finished tableside by the Chef with a raw egg yolk stirred into the piping-hot pasta, the carbonara dish was the best thing I've eaten in forever. Also, the toasted coconut gelato "pie" and the panna cotta were phenonemal. I wish we'd eaten our pre-show actual dinner here instead of AOC. Much lower-key vibe, and much more exciting food than AOC. The wine program's not as good as AOC, but I can live with that.
Gusto is a small space, and easy to miss. It gave off great chow-juju when I first saw it, and it delivered on that promise when we ate there. Looking forward to going back.
Based on your critera... I think perhaps a nice munchy dinner at Rays at LACMA might be a good hit. The cab ride is just straight down Wilshire.
Also, since you guys are coming up... perhaps you don't have to go to far west. We recently had a KNOCKOUT dinner at All Angolo in Koreatown.
Both of these places are pretty much open all day, so you could come earlier if you wish...