The Larchmont Debuts a New Chef and New Menu

Chef Kevin Kathman brings a French twist to local dishes in Los Angeles
Shaena Engle

The Larchmont’s beet salad.

The Larchmont, formerly Larchmont Grill, has named Kevin Kathman as executive chef. In addition to working under chef Thomas Keller at the French Laundry, chef Kathman has also cooked in other famous kitchens including Gramercy Tavern, Gordon Ramsay, and Babette.

Using French cooking techniques, chef Kathman’s new menu includes farm-to-table dishes utilizing local and sustainably raised produce. Highlights of the revamped menu include kale salad with pistachios, apple, faro, and blood oranges; foie gras with orange, cherry, truffle, and brioche; roasted baby beets, goat cheese, hazelnut,s and petite lettuces; rock shrimp risotto with tomato confit; Moroccan braised lamb with couscous; and slow roasted pork with braised cabbage.

Housed in a 100-year old former Craftsman-style cottage on Melrose Avenue, the two-story Larchmont offers both al fresco dining on the porch or cozy inside dining in the all-white main room with a large fireplace and marble-topped bar.

The custom cocktail menu is also impressive and includes The Larchmont Cocktail with aquavit, aperol, lemon, and mint; The Bonded Fashion with bourbon, cherry, orange, and bitters, and the French Revolution with vodka, lemon, orgeat, and blood orange. Desserts are equally inspired and include panna cotta with passionfruit, chocolate pot de crème, and bread pudding.

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