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Best Contemporary & Fusion in Los Angeles

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Baco Mercat

Be it Middle Eastern, Mexican, Japanese, or Chinese, this restaurant draws from Los Angeles' international influences and manages to astound at every turn. It's known for its "baco" sandwiches, especially the pork belly and veal tongue, served on amazing house-made flatbread. The sichuan "ribs," made from chicken thighs, are not to be missed, though it's hard to go wrong with any of the small plates served here. The restaurant itself has the fun, casual feeling of a bar, and is packed with a hip crowd most evenings.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Cliff's Edge

Cliff's Edge is a beautiful restaurant that is popular with the locals. It boasts a spectacular patio that consists of a well-decorated giant tree and fairy lights that provide a feeling of dining in wonderland. It makes for a great place to enjoy a romantic date. The food consists of seasonal, local ingredient-driven dishes that are well complemented with the house cocktails.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Sqirl

While the charming and hipster-chic decor of Sqirl is sure to catch your eye, the serpentine line of enthusiastic patrons spilling through the door, and on to the side-walk, is simply impossible to miss. The cafe is best known for its delectable organic jams, prepared using fresh fruits sourced from small, local farms. While waiting in line may be frustrating, especially when you can smell the delicious aromas wafting from inside, the wait is certainly worth it and gives you a chance to examine the chalkboard menu. The brown rice bowl, quiche and brioche sandwiches are especially popular, however a meal here is simply incomplete without a pastry and some of their amazing jam.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Kogi

Popular LA food truck Kogi, has gained much famed since it rolled out its very first truck. There are five Kogi trucks that drive around the city of LA. This fusion food truck expertly blends Korean and Mexican flavors. Famous for their tacos and the popular kimchi quesadilla, the chefs keep serving delicious food that makes you want to come back. Co-owned by Mark Manguera and Caroline Shin, this food truck is one of LA's favorites.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Providence

Subdued lighting compliments the brown and beige interiors of this elegant restaurant. The clean lines, which are interspersed with smatterings of artwork and ceramics, are inspired by the natural bounty of the coasts. Come and taste the flavors of the sea with ample selections of seafood prepared in contemporary American style with touches of French flavor. Try dishes like the soft-shell crab, Josephine's Clam Cakes, risotto, chowder and more. Accompany your mix of hot and cold fare with some wine from the bar, and cap it off with a popular dessert like the chocolate cremeaux. The menus change daily so there's always something new to try out. Bon appetite!

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Trois Mec

Renowned chef Ludovic Lefebvre's first non-pop-up opened to wild anticipation from city foodies and die-hard fans. Trois Mec steers clear of the traditional restaurant concepts and is almost a secretive and exclusive place to dine. The restaurant signage belongs to the old establishment and there's no attempt to change that. There are no walk-ins, and diners are required to reserve by way of tickets for the evening. On offer is a regularly changing five-course set menu featuring the chef's cutting-edge preparations. The wood-dominated interiors, seating just 24 diners, are an elegant affair. Reservations are offered two weeks in advance and are highly recommended.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Murakami

Murakami is a great restaurant for those who have been craving Asian food. Serving a variety of Japanese delicacies, the restaurant is popular with both the native population as well as the locals. However, rather than going for a standard sushi roll as you would do in other restaurants, patrons here are advised to opt for a sushi bowl instead where fresh sashimi is placed over a bowl of sushi rice and garlic-soy sauce is used in the preparation rather than the traditional sauce. However, if you'd rather stick to the classics Murakami also serves a great selection of sushi rolls and Japanese dishes like Blue Crab Hand Rolls. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a bottle of sake. If you are looking for a hearty Japanese meal, head to Murakami and expect to be delighted.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Yamashiro Hollywood

Located within the Hollywood Hotels & Apartments, the Yamashiro Hollywood, one of the most unusual restaurants around gives a dazzling view of the city while allowing patrons to enjoy authentic Japanese meals at the same time. Specializing in serving sumptuous Asian fusion flavors, the restaurant is quite popular among the locals as well as the tourists alike. You can opt for delicacies like Spicy Salmon & Scallop, Truffle Hamachi, Asian BBQ Baby Back Ribs and lots more from the extensive menu. The flavorsome food can also be enjoyed with a glass of wine to balance the savory flavors. You can also feel free to take some time off and stroll through the eight acres of lush green gardens just below the bar as you wait for your order to arrive. Suitable for a romantic date, the Yamashiro Hollywood must definitely be tried during your time in the city.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Animal

This meat lovers dream come true, Animal is a raved about American eatery in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles. Utilizing every viable piece of the meat, celebrity chefs Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook collaborate to create scrumptious meals even a vegetarian might be tempted to eat! With an ever-rotating menu, dishes at Animal are always new and exciting. Not for the faint of heart, past dishes have included veal tongue and brains, chicken liver toast, marrow bone with chimichurri sauce and other oddities that are surprisingly delicious. A minimalist setting is an overstatement, this restaurant has stark white walls, dark stained weathered tables and a large skylight flooding the space with bright natural light.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Lucques

Owned by celebrated restaurateur Suzanne Goin, Lucques has been the recipient of many accolades and awards since its inception. Featuring a contemporary cuisine rich in Mediterranean flavors, the menu is a hit with the crowds, owing to its seasonal take on the dishes. The crowd consists of the elite and the rates are definitely on the higher side. Nevertheless, the meal justifies the prices.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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Spago Beverly Hills

Wolfgang Puck's Beverly Hills institution is the place to be. Like all of the celebrity chef's ventures, the atmosphere at Spago Beverly Hills emphasizes that delicious food can be fun. The luxurious and intimate setting at this restaurant makes it perfect for an intimate meal and especially for special occasions. The wine and cocktail lists are comprehensive and provide the perfect accompaniments to your rich food.

Beverly Hills, CA, United States
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Hinoki & The Bird

Celebrated chef David Myers offers a harmonious blend of Californian cuisine and Japanese sensibilities at Hinoki & The Bird. The beautiful dining room is an airy space, done up in muted tones. Candle-lit tables and thoughtful lighting choices keep things cozy. A glass wall separates the main dining room from the intimate patio, with its beautiful wooden trellis and great use of natural elements. Start off with the raw bar choices or perhaps the selection of 'Fun bites' that include crispy marinated chicken and fried oysters. Main courses include Drunken Duck Breast, Hinoki Scented Cod and Jidori Chicken. The wine list more than matches up to the food, and diners can also enjoy well-mixed cocktails at the bar. The beautiful space is available for private events as well.

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