There’s a new food hall in the San Fernando Valley that focuses entirely on Asian restaurants. Northridge Eats, which opened in March, is home to four fast-casual restaurants in a mall. Hainan chicken specialist Maxwell Chicken Rice offers its signature boiled chicken with fried chicken, garlic noodles and bone broth, while Akafuji Sushi, by Ryota Okumura (formerly Sushi Zo and Katana) , serves nigiri, hand rolls and more. Mee Dee Thai Kitchen, which also has a location in the historic South Central, sells boba, curries, stir-fried noodles, classic Thai street food and inventive new twists such as green curry fried chicken sliders and Tom Yum fries. Regional chain and ramen-ya Kotsu Ramen & Gyoza offers 12-hour slow-cooked tonkotsu, rice bowls, karaage, vegan gyoza, meatballs, and seaweed salad. Akafuji Sushi is open 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday; Maxwell Chicken Rice is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; Mee Dee Thai Kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and until midnight for delivery; and Kotsu Ramen & Gyoza is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
9346 Corbin Ave, Northridge, northridgeeats.com
Nostalgia Bar & Lounge
Longtime cannabis chef and consultant Chris Sayegh, founder of The Herbal Chef, has opened a restaurant and bar in Santa Monica that focuses on throwbacks and flavors from childhood. At Nostalgia Bar & Lounge, Sayegh and co-chef Jared Ventura don’t infuse the menu with CBD and THC, like Sayegh has done at pop-ups and diners in the past. Instead, they focus on American comfort food (burgers, lobster rolls, fried cauliflower) and adult versions of kid-friendly classics: peanut butter and jelly cake for dessert, for example, or a cocktail of terpenes reminiscent of the last fruity and watery morsel. of an Otter Pop. Table games such as Connect 4 and Jenga are available to play indoors as well as on the patio with picnic benches. A tangential, members-only dinner series called the Secret Supper Club is open for applications, with an annual fee of $1,000 for private, ticketed dining and events for guests interested in discussing art, food and of psychedelics, among other topics. Nostalgia Bar & Lounge is open from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.
1326 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, nostalgiabarandlounge.com
Hui Tou Xiang
Hui Tou Xiang, San Gabriel’s family-run dumpling shop, has expanded into Hollywood, taking over the former Cellar 43 wine bar. Gabriel: Pork and leek pancakes, wontons, steamed xiao long bao, noodles, boiled dumplings, and finger foods such as marinated tofu skins. The Hollywood location has more seating, a bar, and a larger kitchen — the latter providing the space to expand the menu with a selection of grilled kebabs. The beer and wine service is coming soon, highlighting the local and international drinks that will complement the ravioli. Hui Tou Xiang is open in Hollywood from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily.
1643 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 645-7272, eightouxiang.com
Canteen Calaca Mamas
A new Mexican restaurant is being run in Anaheim by sisters Angela and Mariam El Haj, who plan to pay homage to Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in theme and decor. The 200-seat restaurant is adjacent to Disneyland and will offer indoor dining, a canteen and a patio with a fire pit, as well as dishes such as chilaquiles, achiote-marinated mahi mahi and chicken tinga tacos . Calaca Mamas Cantina is scheduled to open on May 27.
1550 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim, calacamamas.com
Gilles Cabaret, a dinner show, launched the restaurant La Bohème in West Hollywood. The event takes place on Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is free, but each table requires a minimum of $50 per person (no minimum at the bar and a minimum of $100 for premium tables). The evening features performances by musicians, DJs, dancers, and flyers, while menu options include kale salads, oysters, and sushi, plus cocktails, wine, and bottle service.
8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (917) 690-2523 gillescabaret.com