“Pretty much ever critic loves Kali on Melrose” says Eater, and we can’t agree more. Run by two former high-end  kitchen veterans (the chef Kevin Meehan was at L’Orangerie with Ludo Lefebvre and Drew Langley is the former sommelier at Providence), Kali is a perfect example of Hollywood bistronomie. The signature dish is beet tartare, served with preserved lemon curd in lieu of egg yolk — clearly influenced by Lefebvre, who trained with Alain Passard, i.e. the founding father of beet tartare. The wheat berry risotto with black garlic and burnt cheese is to die for, and same goes for the for the carrot-lavender duck breast or the cavatelli with crème fraîche. Prices are softer for lunch, and during dinner the restaurant puts on its sophisticated hat back on… keeping only the best details of fine dining.

Address: 5722 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 12-2PM and 6-10PM, Saturday 6-10PM, Sunday 6-9PM

Menu: kalirestaurant.com

Reservations : (323) 871-4160 or OpenTable

Style: Californian

Price: Small plates $12-35, Tasting menu $65

Neighborhood: Larchmont

Best for: Lunch, Dinner