By Rhiannon Taylor, August 2016

Here's our round up of some classics, new-comers and game changers in the LA dining scene.

Roasted strawberry and white chocolate ice cream from Salt & Straw.

Roasted strawberry and white chocolate ice cream from Salt & Straw.

Gjelina $$ You can’t venture to Abbot Kinney road in Venice and not eat at Gjelina. It’s a hipster’s institution with food that truly deserves the hype. The tapas style menu has a great balance of meat and vegetable based dishes, so it caters for everybody. Get there early to avoid queues.



Salt & Straw – $ If you’ve saved some room after Gjelina, waddle to the corner and grab a scoop of ice cream from Salt & Straw. Originating from Portland, this creamery makes their product in small batches with the best ingredients. Avocado and strawberry is one of their signature flavours and it’s incredible.



BOA Steakhouse – $$$ If you want meat, look no further than BOA. Located in both Santa Monica and West Hollywood, it’s a classic American steakhouse that will really impress your date. A top tip is to go on a Sunday where bottles of wine are 50% off. *



Wexlers Deli – $ For a light lunch head to Wexler’s for one of the few delis (perhaps only) in LA that smoke their own meat and fish in house. Pastrami is peppery and juicey, served between fresh rye with mustard. It’s deli food at it’s best with locations in Santa Monica and Downtown LA. *




Smoked fish in-house at Wexler's Deli.

Smoked fish in-house at Wexler's Deli.

Rose Cafe - $$ This iconic restaurant and bakery is a Venice gem hidden on Rose Street. Brunches are fresh, with obligatory avocado smash and flaky croissants. The main event is their pasta menu at dinner - try the carbonara, it comes with a poached egg that, once cut, oozes through ribbons of pasta begging to be slurped up.


The Cannibal - $$ We fell in love with The Cannibal back in New York at the Gotham Market in Hell's Kitchen. Their stand alone restaurant in Culver City may seem in the middle of nowhere, but once inside it is buzzing. Charcuterie platters are overflowing and could suffice as a meal in itself, but save room for their house made sausages. They're juicy, bursting with flavour and will satisfy any meat lover. *


The Guild - $$ This newly opened restaurant is perfect for lovebirds. It's small and warmly lit with a menu that is designed for sharing. Small plates such as sweet cornbread are moorish, while a larger dish of New Zealand Lamb is done just right. The wine menu is concise and the space is perfect for intimate conversation. It's West Hollywood location means you're close by to bars and hotels for the rest of the night. *



E.P. & L.P. - $$ This is a hub for Australian ex-pats but don't let that dissuade you - the food and drinks here are on point. Asian fusion food is served up fresh and fast such as sticky pork ribs and Asian pear salad. Head upstairs to the fabulous rooftop bar to watch the sun go down and sip on a cocktail. It's the place to be.



* denotes we dined courtesy of the establishment.