Thecity of Angels…Los Angeles, California brings a sense of glamour, the Hollywood Hills, celebrities, fame, money and movies. For 14 nights we got to experience the city that is drenched in heat and built like a monster, ready to swallow you up in it’s vast jungle of madness and calm. As food is such a hot topic across the pond, we put together our top picks of where to dine. Some will shock, some will inspire and some might make you go ‘OH MY GWARD’ but that’s LA baby!
Honouring the mothers who work tirelessly in the kitchens of Mexico, Gracias Madre is a fully organ, plant based vegan Mexican restaurant set in beautiful surrounds both in and outdoors. This place screams health and good living, they serve clean food good for the body and mind with bold flavours and seasonally-conscious ingredients. Their juices will get things flowing with all sorts of concoctions raking up your 5 a day count. Menus cover brunch through to dinner and we found choosing a few bits from the ‘small bites’ was a good way of getting a bit of everything, the Quesadilla a la Carta of butternut squash and caramelized onion was pretty spesh.
8905 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA 90069
One of the coolest joints we’ve visited, this Asian Eating House sits in West Hollywood right off Melrose Avenue. The restaurant decor is as intoxicating as the menu with food designed to share, good job too as you’ll want to try it all. With roots in Thai cooking infused with Chinese, Fijian and Vietnamese overtones you will be taken on a journey through sweet, sour, salty and spicy. Once you’ve taken in the food, head upstairs to the rooftop terrace and take in the views of the city as the sun heads down. LA is beautiful baby and life is good.
603 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Housed in the Marina Del Rey Hotel, SALT, serves up fresh, seasonally inspired and locally sourced food from breakfast through to dinner. The place is dapper and service top notch, which falls inline with the cool contemporary spacious restaurant. The breakfast sandwich made of organic egg over easy, avocado, applewood smoked bacon, hooks cheddar, house-made tomato jam & buttered onion on pain de mie was a bite and we rather liked. SALT also offers amazing views over the harbour, a picturesque sea side wonder which has the world’s largest man-made small craft harbour where 6,500 boats are docked.
13534 Bali Way Marina del Rey, CA 90292
A replica of a palace in the Yamashiro mountains near Kyoto, here you will not only find sushi and Cal-Asian food but the most amazing views of Los Angeles from it’s viewpoint, set on the eastern edge of the Hollywood Hills. The food keeps inline with the expectations a place like this would bring, both being pretty and spectacular, the spicy tuna and crab rolls wholeheartedly won us over.
1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068
WHERE WE STAYED
Airbnb gives so much choice and can pretty much match anythings you might wish for, from a hot tub to heliport landing pad. Wanting to crash for a week on a shoestring budget or high roll in some uber luxury pad there will be something that will suit your budget. For the duration of our stay we hit up this Bungalow in Marina Del Rey, we’d highly recommend staying there.
Top Tip: Getting around, well, this proves tricky if you don’t drive, however Uber is far less expensive that you might think even when trekking across town and back.
HOW WE GOT THERE
Air New Zealand, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, flies daily from London Heathrow to Los Angeles. Economy tickets in the airline’s end of summer sale start from £449 per person return, and Premium Economy from £870 per person return. Offer ends Wednesday 23rd September 2015.
For more information please visit www.airnewzealand.co.uk.