T+L Reports: Wok 'n Roll in L.A.
Published: May 2009
Sushi, dim sum, and dancing?So it goes at Los Angeles's latest crop of Asian restaurants, which are doubling as popular after-hours venues. At Koi (730 N. La Cienega Blvd.; 310/659-9449; dinner for two $90), which sparked the trend, the line of Ferraris lining up for valet parking gives a preview of the scene inside. Diners are apt to be distracted from chef Rodelio Aglibot's black cod bronzed with miso only by nonstop people-watching. (Are those the Osbournes in the corner?) • For a little trip-hop with their California rolls, Angelenos head to White Lotus (1743 N. Cahuenga Blvd.; 323/463-0060; dinner for two $80). The best seats are on the patio under soaring white tents surrounded by a bamboo garden. • The team behind the ever popular Sushi Roku mini-empire has struck again with the Japanese grill, Katana (8439 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323/650-8585; dinner for two $70), where spiny crab and Kobe beef are prepared by a robata chef. The restaurant is such a scene that it's even released a Hôtel Costes-style CD.