10 Best New Restaurants in Los Angeles in 2017 (So Far) – California News

10 Best New Restaurants in Los Angeles in 2017 (So Far) – California News

Verlaine’s ceviche, generally made with Hiramasa yellowtail, is vibrantly fresh and lightly flavored with cilantro and lime.

Anne Fishbein

How is L.A.’s restaurant scene shaping up in 2017? Pretty darn well, it turns out. It’s only August, but thus far there have been 10 restaurants worthy of a three- or four-star review in L.A. Weekly. From modern Mexican to incredible pastas to really hot chicken, here are our 10 best-reviewed restaurants of the year — so far.

Whole baby carrots at Verlaine

Whole baby carrots at Verlaine

Anne Fishbein

Verlaine

I’m tempted to use some kind of Eurocentric comparison to sum up Verlaine, something along the lines of how chef Diego Hernández’s talent for burnt peanut sauce is just as impressive as the skill of a chef who has mastered sauces with cream or butter at their core. But that would undercut the newness of this food and the history that came before it. If I need to tell you that Mexican flavors are capable of being just as complex and delicate and cerebral and pleasurable as French flavors, you’re probably not the right audience for this restaurant. If you are excited at the prospect of our city’s modern Mexican offerings getting more diverse and expansive and impressive, then you’re in luck. Because although Verlaine still has its flaws, at his best Hernández delivers some of the most thrilling food I’ve eaten in L.A. this year.

Three stars; 8721 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood; (424) 288-4621, verlaine.la.

The "lamb ragooooooo" at Mh ZhEXPAND

The “lamb ragooooooo” at Mh Zh

Anne Fishbein

Mh Zh

Where to begin? The menu is scrawled in marker on greasy brown paper bags. Most of the food is served in bowls, accompanied by rustic bread. It’s BYOB. It has a phone…

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