LA Adventure Specialist - 11:13 10 March 2011

Fest at Fresheast in West Hollywood

Fresheast is a new fast-casual Asian concept in West Hollywood featuring the flavors of Korea, China, Thailand, India and Japan. The semicircular space is splashed in eye-popping colors representing the various nations; birdcages hang from a coffered, tile-inlaid ceiling. Chef Jonathan Schwichtenberg uses organic ingredients and for the most part eschews butter, salt and nuts; vegan items are prepared in separate cookware. Owner Ravine Hiranand shows his commitment to sustainability: The building is made from recycled wood; plateware and utensils use recyclable materials; he offers discounts to diners who arrive via bike or hybrid vehicles. This is easily my new favorite Asian styled restaurant, a “need to visit” while you tour Los Angeles. On the “Specialties” list are tandoori shrimp salad; Korean chili noodles; and braised Shanghai beef using Harris Ranch natural beef. “Bowls” include rogan gosht (Indian curry lamb) and bulgogi (Korean marinated, barbecued beef); a Fe Burger uses bulgogi as well as certified Angus beef. Seasonal sorbets, made in-house, include Thai basil, rose and comice pear.

8951 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, 310.859.9989

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