The Pleasing Paiche

Chef Ricardo Zarate’s newest restaurant, Paiche in Marina del Rey, opened earlier this month to a standing-room crowd. I was invited to a pre-opening “hard-hat” tasting a few days earlier and saw two young artists with brushes in hand applying gold paint on to floor to ceiling cobalt blue posts. They were replicating the scales…

Tortilla Republic

My first experience at Tortilla Republic was in Poipu Beach, Kauai. The modern Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar offers a creative menu without using lard, unwanted preservatives or additives. Owned by the same restaurateurs who own Taste in the Pacific Palisades and on Melrose, they opened a second Tortilla Republic in West Hollywood in March…

Korean Dining and Fun at Star King

Korean restaurants are known for their popular barbecue where patrons grill their own pork, chicken and beef. This Koreatown restaurant adds a twist to the menu in that is serves Piedmontese Beef, which is grass-fed, free of antibiotics and hormones, and is ultra tender. Star King, which opened last July, offers cuts of brisket, boneless…