A new small plates-oriented restaurant has opened in Echo Park, and it’s the first solo venture for chef Miles Thompson. He’s opened it along with owners Bill DiDonna and Charles Kelly, in the space last occupied by The Allston Yacht Club, at 1320 Echo Park Ave., near West Sunset Blvd. There’s a 14-seat bar and a 50-seat dining room, and the interior is heavy on the dark wood.
The menu will feature only 12 to 15 dishes nightly, sourced locally from the freshest, most seasonal ingredients, and will feature items meant to be grouped together in multiples of four or six to create a full meal. It’s divided into six sections (Vegetable, Pasta, Fish, Shellfish, Meat, and For Two), and sample dishes include cavatelli with uni ragù, English pea purée, poached mushrooms and fromage noir; grilled octopus with sour apple syrup, cardamom butterscotch potato, and sorrel; and baharat-rubbed lamb sirloin with date soubise, cinnamon labne, and grapefruit.
Cocktails come from Harvard & Stone alum Serena Herrick, and include the Negroni Sbagliato #2 (Punt e Mes, Aperol, Graham Beck Brut, and fresh sage), and Gentleman’s Breakfast (The Famous Grouse, egg white, lemon, and ginger honey syrup topped with atomized Candy Cap bitters and Islay Scotch).
This new addition to the Eastside dining scene certainly seems poised to impress. It’s open daily until midnight.