The L.A. Diet
As the stars descend on Hollywood, we've got your guide to where the Oscar-ready bodies dine.
From the country that brought you quinoa, this westside temple of Peruvian cuisine is run by Ricardo Zarate, a Lima-born L.A. chef. Peruvian food is famous for ceviche (raw fish marinated in an acidic juice) and anticuchos (skewers of grilled protein and vegetables) - does it get any more nutritionist-approved than that? Bonus: The ceviche marinade, called “leche de tigre,” has its own benefits: Peruvian lore bills it as everything from a hangover cure to an aphrodisiac.
While the masses elbow for tables at Father’s Office, chef Sang Yoon’s booming burger joint next door, the elite enjoy a meal here, at Yoon’s newer, upscale restaurant. The pan-asian hot spot has sleek decor and serves salads, small plates and spiced up seafood like you’ve never tasted. Pair the green papaya salad with shrimp toast or try the lemongrass-spiked oysters with a tea leaf salad. You can’t ask for tweaks or substitutions when you order - the staff is infamous for denying requests - but the good news is, you won’t have to.
Foodies fawn over the buttery croissants, but the menu at this Santa Monica cafe goes way beyond baked goods: Its wholesome entrees employ the one-two punch of local, seasonal produce plus free-range, hormone- and antibiotic-free animal products. Poached eggs with market vegetables and pesto for breakfast, or a raw kale salad at lunch make for some seriously feel-good food.
A Votre Sante
A wholesome, enticing menu, and a coterie that includes Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson: What more could you ask for in an L.A. restaurant? Thanks to its tucked-away front and light, good-for-you fare (the restaurant’s name means “to your health” in French), this Brentwood eatery draws A-listers and locals in equal measure. Order a vegetable-topped pizza on a thin, whole-grain crust or try a salad starring sustainably-raised salmon.
Mediterranean food meets small plates service in this eclectically decorated Hollywood eatery inside the trendy Redbury hotel. Make a meal of mezzes: Start with dips (try an extra-creamy hummus, spicy carrot harissa, or a Lebanese yogurt-and-cucumber combo), then order some vegetables, like Brussels sprout hearts or shishito peppers, cooked in a wood-burning oven, and a few sizzling kebabs or some grilled octopus. Make a night of it and stay for the crafty cocktails at the see-and-be-seen after-hours bar.
Eric Lechasseur, the chef and owner of this vegan and macrobiotic eatery, is Madonna’s former chef, and his wife is the restaurant’s “macrobiotic director.” The vegan chocolate mousse is a menu bestseller, but resist the urge to skip straight to dessert: You’ll want to try the raw vegetable lasagna with a ricotta “cheese” made from pine nuts, or a seitan pepper steak with watercress and mashed potatoes for a taste of comfort food the California way.