Stop the presses, this just in… While we’re on the subject of new buzz-worthy Japanese restaurants on the Westside, a great deal of you were extremely excited by the news I told you back in May that Yazawa Meat was going into the old BierBeisl space at 9669 Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Well, you’ll be ecstatic to learn that straight from Japan, our own local branch of the ultra-exclusive chain Yazawa Meat soft opened last night (October 29th) after a brief run of invite only, with an expected grand opening of December 1st. What took so long? According to a spokesperson, permits from LA County held them up. But all that’s behind us now. Expect the absolute end-all of routinely flown in Japanese wagu expertly cut (the name Yazawa refers to a legendary Japanese butcher) (and yes, I’m assured there are vegetarian options). But with all this attention, good luck getting a seat in the dark, intimate, diminutive dining room. In the mean time, check out their website and explore the menus at one of their other glitzy outposts in Milan, Tokyo, and Singapore here.
Well, it’s been a bit of a wait, and a whole lot of you have been closely tracking this story. Back in January of 2014, I first noticed signs up announcing that Belcampo Meat Co., the high-end butcher shop hailing from Northern California was taking over the space at 1026 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica that used to house Dakota Lounge. Then back in May of 2014, they briefly opened a pop-up restaurant while construction was going on. Well, after a full renovation of the space, Belcampo opened their retail butcher shop (complete with a Tiffany-style display window) in the front last week and the restaurant with a separate entrance officially opened on Sunday. Look for a menu that features meats that are grass-fed, organic, and humanely raised at their farm at the foot of Ms. Shasta that you can learn more about here.
The display window
Having sat vacant for a while now, the space at 1026 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica that formerly housed the club Dakota Lounge is about to get a new tenant. Liquor license application notices recently went up announcing the impending arrival of the Belcampo Meat Company, a NoCal purveyor of premium meats making inroads across the state including Downtown’s Grand Central Market. Known for its high-end butchery, according to the notice the Santa Monica location will be featuring a “general eating place” as well. Read more at: Belcampo Meat Company.
What’s going into the old Campos Tacos space at 12201 Santa Monica Blvd. in West LA? Our only clue is the red banner hanging above the door that reads Another Burger Joint and promises a welcome to both carnivores and vegetarians. Whether this is the name of the new restaurant or a teaser, we’ll just have to wait and see…
This Tuesday, June 11th, Obikà in the Westfield Century City Shopping Center is throwing a shindig to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma. The Emilia Street Festa, as they are calling the event, kicks off at 7pm on the patio and $40 gets you, “Unlimited tastings of differently aged Prosciutto di Parma, fresh focaccina, house-made grissini and artisanal breads, Grana Padano, Parmigiano Reggiano, Extra-virgin Olive Oil, Balsamico di Modena, and specialties from the kitchen [such] as lasagne, piadine, tortellini and sweet gnocco fritto.” There will also be tastings of Lambrusco, Malvasia and Colli Piacentini from Ceci and Castello di Luzzano wineries. How’s that for a deal? To secure a reservation, call 310-556-2452 just as fast as your little fingers can dial. obika.com
In still more changes to the Westfield Century City Shopping Center food court, it looks like Fuddruckers burgers is now closed. If you’re absolutely desperate for the chain’s standard American fare, find another location here: fuddruckers.com.