Los Angeles has always been a city of neighborhoods each with their own distinctive offerings, people and cuisines, but this year there is one region that is on the top of everyone’s summer travel lists, Downtown LA. With new life being put into the streets, DTLA is a tourist destination and one of the most talked about neighborhoods in the city. The pride of the community is evident in the international dining journey with new restaurants, ethnic bites, and creative cocktails. Below are a few of the most notable restaurants to venture to when visiting DTLA.
Chef: Pawan Mahendro
Highlights: DTLA’s hottest Indian restaurant, Badmaash, brings badass “maash-ups” of traditional gastropub fare met with the bursting flavors of Indian street food. The Badmaash team has been a hit since its opening last summer and is a great spot to celebrate summer all season long. Don’t miss out on the Chicken Tikka Poutine with cheese curds, piping hot gravy, and cilantro, the Chicken Tikka Masala with spicy tomato curry, diced onions, and red chili peppers, and the Punjabi Pork Confit with turmeric, cumin, tomato, and serrano chili.
Restaurant: Les Noces du Figaro
Chef: Vincent Perraud
Highlights: Les Noces du Figaro in Downtown LA is serving French classics that are sure to transport you to the city streets of Paris. Dine indoors or on the outdoor patio and don’t forget to sample the pastry counter’s delicious treats! Enjoy the traditional Croque Madame with French ham, gruyere cheese, and béchamel sauce the Coq au Vin braised in a red wine sauce with mushrooms, slab bacon, carrot, and mashed potato and of course L’assiette du Charcutier with a selection of homemade and imported charcuterie.
Restaurant: The Must
Chef: Drew Coleman
Highlights: If looking for undoubtedly the best happy hour in Downtown Los Angeles, head on over to premier wine bar, The Must. This DTLA staple is serving over 100 unique and obscure wines by the glass, and Executive Chef Drew Coleman is dishing out elevated bar food with a lighter twist for the summer. While sitting on the beautiful outdoor patio, completely custom designed by co-owner Rachel Thomas, indulge in the Avocado Salad complete with fennel, radish, fried capers, and upland cress or the Trout Toast topped with house-smoked trout, pickled red onions, radish, and crème fraiche, and wash it all down with a glass of wine or one of their one-of-a-kind wine-infused cocktails, like the MUSTini, made with Centenario Hibiscus Tequila, muddled grapefruit, fresh lime juice, agave syrup, Buchant orange liqueur and Ulacia Txakolina white wine.
Chef: Hiro Naruke
Highlights: Committed to authenticity, Q provides an unsurpassed downtown omakase dining experience. Featuring a modern East-meets-West aesthetic by celebrated designer Ryan Brown and taking simplicity and purity as its manifesto, Q both preserves and elevates traditional Japanese culture and cuisine.