15 Creative Fall/Halloween Culinary Treats in Los Angeles

It’s getting to be the time to sip spooky cocktails and nibble on festive Fall theme delights. Here are a few great restaurants in Los Angeles getting very creative during the month of October. Check out these 10 destinations –

image0021. Twerk or Treat at Chaya Downtown.
The highlight of Twerk or Treat cocktail is the sugar spider web, made of hardened sugar and placed delicately atop the glass. Spiders are optional! Vodka, apricot liquor, splash simple syrup, splash sweet and sour. Served up with a sugar spider web. Additionally, Chaya DTLA is offering a 3-course Halloween menu for $35. There is a Dark and Stormy Death Punch Dark made with rum, lime juice, simple syrup, ginger beer, lychee and cherry “eyeballs”for $5 on Halloween from 5 to 8 p.m.


2. CHAYA is also making Children of the Corn (Candy Corn Cocktail)
Pineapple Jell-O Shot at the bottom, Candy Corn infused Vodka, Yuzu Sake and Egg White


3. Harvest Peach at Chaya
A sweet cocktail punch that is perfect as a refreshing Fall drink is made with Bourbon, peach bitters, muddled peaches, sweet and sour. It’s served up with a delightful orange sugar rim and a caramelized peach as a garnish. http://www.thechaya.com

image002-24. FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place

This Pumpkin Spice Martini features vanilla infused vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup, apple brandy, and pumpkin butter. It’s rim has crushed graham crackers. Enjoy this libation with a three course prix fixe dinner menu on Saturday, October 31. Laurent Halasz’s passion for exquisite olive oils from the French Riviera includes autumnal butternut squash & chestnut soup and Riviera salmon with braised endives. His smoked rosemary lamb chops are paired with a bouquet of Herbs de Provence, goat cheese & chive gnocchi, braised eggplant with honey & thyme, and rosemary garlic olive oil. Finish with a chestnut mousse over walnut meringue and cherry sorbet with Amarena cherry coulis and garnished with candied walnuts http://www.figandolive.com/locations-reservation/melrose-place/


5. Abigaile’s Pumpkin Beer

The new Head Brewer, Paul Papartino, kicks off Fall with a holiday-exclusive Pumpkin Beer. It’s a brown ale brewed with notes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. http://abigailerestaurant.com.

image001-36. RockSugar – Thai Mai Tai and Margaritas

Starting Thursday, October 15 at the Century City hot spot – RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, the restaurant unveils an updated cocktail menu, created in partnership with Top Chef and Food Network Star Arnold Myint. The new libations include the Thai Mai Tai and a Lilikoi Margarita bringing a fresh and exotic twist to the restaurant’s Southeast Asian inspired cocktail menu.

In addition to the regular cocktail menu, RockSugar’s exclusive Rocktail Hour® updated menu includes the Malaysian Margarita made with Kaffir Lime-Pineapple or Hibiscus for $6.5 during Rocktail Hour® daily 4 – 6 p.m. http://www.rocksugarpanasiankitchen.com

(Photo provided by The Wallace)
(Photo provided by The Wallace)
(photo provided by The Wallace)
(photo provided by The Wallace)

7. The Wallace in Culver City

Executive Chef Joel Miller offers a bottomless BLACK punch named “Heaven’s Gate Punch” made with Rum, Candy Corn Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, and Squid Ink for $14 during dinner service on October 31. The restaurant is also offering oysters for $1 all night that is served with blood colored Mignonette made with hibiscus and annatto.  www.TheWallaceLA.com.

(Photo provided by CBTL)
(Photo provided by CBTL)

8. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® whips up original flavors and returning favorites with their Pumpkin Chai and creamy Pumpkin-infused lattes and Ice Blended® drinks spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon for a delicious pick-me-up! http://www.coffeebean.com

Hungry?  Enjoy the following tasty culinary treasures:

image0049. Wildcraft’s Pumpkin Ricotta Bombolini

Chef Bryant Wigger brings back stacks a tower of Italian-style donuts prepared with creamy ricotta and pumpkin purée, accompanied by spiced vanilla sugar and warm chocolate ganache. http://www.wildcraftcc.com

image005-310. Dia de Campo French Toast

Chef Ken Johnson fries up a hearty breakfast Pumpkin Pound Cake French Toast, topped with deliciously tart persimmons, black plums, and mascarpone. YUM! http://diadecampohb.com
image00111. Barton G. Donuts

This whimsical fine dining dinner theater serves up an entire platter of Pumpkin Spice Donuts paired with cranberry compote, pumpkin butter, spiced molten chocolate, and cinnamon anglaise. My favorite! http://www.bartongtherestaurantla.com

image00212. Small Batch, Playa Provisions

Go to the dessert and ice cream counter to pick up a spooky concoctions created by pastry chef Kristin Feuer. Known for her nostalgic treats, she is making ghost cupcakes and Pyrat rum floats. http://www.playaprovisions.com.

13. Chaya Venice

This week Chaya Venice launched three new pumpkin inspired menu items, available throughout the Fall:
Try the Thai Coconut Lobster Bisque in a Petit Pumpkin Bowl. It’s an $18 Half Maine lobster tail, with lobster stock, coconut milk, lemongrass, jalapeno, sriracha. www.thechaya.com/venice

CCF_PumpkinCheesecake14. Cheesecake Factory 

Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake are back and available now through Thanksgiving Day! Both flavors sell for $7.95 per slice, or take home whole cheesecakes for $51.95. http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com.

(Photo provided by Bo Nuage)
(Photo provided by Bo Nuage)

15. Bo Nuage

Be sure to visit the new second location at 9523 Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Come into the Beverly Hills shop on Halloween in costume will receive a free Pumpkin Spice cloud cake. www.BoNuage.com.

CHAYA is Full of Delightful Surprises

IMG_5511My daughter came home from college for the weekend and craved sushi for dinner. We came up with a list of restaurants in Los Angeles to take her on a Saturday night. Since she has never been to Chaya downtown, we made a reservation.

As I walked up to the hostess stand, I admired the colorful chandelier. From a distance, it looks like an elegant glass light fixture, however up close, I was surprised when I noticed it’s made from plastic toys and everyday items.

The dining room manager Mike Javaherpour noticed my facial expression as I pointed to a plastic hairbrush, scissors, hair clips, sunglasses, medicine bottles and a champagne glass hanging upside down.

“The designer found many of the items and asked his friends to contribute to this work of art,” he said.

The artist, Stuart Haygarth, is a Berlin based artist and lighting designer who works with everyday objects to create beautiful art pieces.IMG_5504

Chaya is an elegant restaurant filled with many surprises. Hints of Asian décor fill the smaller 12-seat sushi bar with two sushi chefs working in full view. There are a few Japanese themed art pieces, yet the bar area offers an art-deco flair with its elegant etched mirrors. The polished concrete floor and white linen tables give the room an elegant European feel.

Chaya is one of the few Japanese restaurants I know of that serves crusty French bread with butter and a dish of olive oil. We nibbled on the bread as we ordered an Acai mojito and a nice glass of white Argentina wine.

Executive Chefs Atsushi Kenjo and Shigfumi Tachibe have created a menu highlighting fresh farmers market ingredients with persimmons enhancing many dishes for the Fall and winter months.

We ordered the six-item bento box served in a traditional red and black lacquered case. The first area had a salad of roasted organic beets with persimmon, hoshi-gaki goat cheese and aged sherry vinaigrette. Next to the salad was a Korean style surf n’ turf tartare. Maine lobster and Wagyu tri tip were blended with a spicy Yukhoe bean paste, scallions, julienne apple, cucumber, and a quail egg. Chopped finely, it was served with crispy wonton crisps.

IMG_5515There were three pieces of sushi and a sashimi piece along with a serving of pan roasted wild Canadian King salmon with Belgian lentils, sweet chestnuts, chanterelle mushrooms, leeks, wilted kale with bacon. We opted for a second serving of salmon, rather than the lamb chops that come in the box.

My daughter ordered a  sushi platter with a variety of rolls consisting of a spicy tuna with eel and avocado and two sushi pieces each of tuna, salmon, shrimp, albacore and yellowtail. The dish thoroughly satisfied her craving.

I had a taste of both the box and platter before settling into my caramelized onion and mushroom soup with crispy croutons.

On Sundays they serve a four-course tasting dinner for $27 and 50 percent off wine bottles.

During the afternoon they offer a mid-afternoon sushi special from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. where many of their rolls are under $10. Before 6:30 p.m. the restaurant is filled with patrons enjoying a four-item pre-theatre bento box for $29. It’s only available on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. If you arrive after 6:30 p.m. you can still take advantage of the all night long six-item Bento redux box for $39. This is offered from Monday through Saturday.

Valet and self-parking available at the City National Bank Plaza underground parking garage- LEVEL A.

Complimentary shuttle service is available to the Staples Center, Nokia Theater, and Music Center. $$-$$$ 525 S Flower St, (213)236-9577.

This article was published in the Beverly Press on 11/28/13


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