Top 9 Best Michelin Star in LA & Orange County
Some of these are newly starred restaurants. Others have been promoted from one star to two stars.The Michelin Guide needs Los Angeles more than Los Angeles needs the Michelin Guide. Nevertheless, these stars are important for establishments, both in terms of prestige and attracting moneyed patrons. Here are the new Los Angeles and Orange County Michelin starred restaurants
1. Hayato — Two Stars
1320 E. 7th St., #126, downtown L.A.
inner at Hayato is an intimate and engaging experience with chef Brandon Hayato Go. Many of the courses for this kaiseki meal begin with ingredients that are artfully arranged in the back kitchen and handed to the chef on trays, then finished before your eyes and presented with detailed explanations.
2. Mélisse — Two Stars
1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
Mélisse, Chef Josiah Citrin's iconic dining room is back up and running—even thriving. His expertise lies in delivering a certain fine-dining experience that never goes out of style. It's a lovely change of pace for anyone looking to slow down, indulge and be pampered by the highly capable service staff.
3. Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura — One Star
347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills
At Gucci Osteria, Chef Massimo Bottura has put the talented Mattio Agazzi at the helm and the results are impressive indeed. This is cooking that is at once whimsical and grounded.
4. Knife Pleat — One Star
South Coast Plaza: 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa.
Everyone at Knife Pleat is here for chef Tony Esnault's contemporary take on classic French cuisine, brought to you by professional servers who virtually glide around in measured movements. The menu highlights imaginative dishes that weave technique with ingenuity.
5. Morihiro — One Star
3133 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village.
Chef Morihiro Onodera's omakase, Morihiro, yields an impressive amount of food that includes such impeccably executed items as firefly squid with wakame seaweed and halibut sashimi with pink peppercorn. Minimally seasoned nigiri with large defined grains may unveil everything from clean, white hirame to appetizingly oily mackerel.
6. Pasjoli — One Star
2732 Main St., Santa Monica.
At Pasjoli, Chef Dave Beran has upped the ante with this captivating French bistro, where standards like onion soup and beef tartare are elevated to their highest reaches.
7. Pasta|Bar — One Star
16101 Ventura Blvd., #255, Encino
The mastery of the Pasta|Bar team lies in their ability to take full advantage of California’s natural bounty, with thrilling results, as seen in cavatelli with a glossy, butter-rich lobster sauce, with spring peas and chunks of sweet meat; or an exalted take on the caprese by way of marigold tomatoes, mozzarella, fennel flowers and avocado.
8. Phenakite — One Star
1370 N. St. Andrews Pl., East Hollywood
Chef Minh Phan's Phenakite takes up residence at a co-working office space nestled among trees and within a beautifully maintained structure. Subtle, elegant flavors and singular textures show up in spades in such deeply personal creations as mochi dumpling with lardon and sugar snap peas.
9. Sushi I-NABA — One Star
1300 Highland Ave., Ste. 107, Manhattan Beach
At Sushi I-NABA, chef Yasuhiro Hirano, together with his wife who runs the front of house, is responsible for turning out some of the most exciting sushi around. His particular magic lies in weaving together a few key components, including the exotic fish that he ages before preparing with a host of ingredients.
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