Iron Chef star Neal Fraser, who’s been cooking in high-profile L.A. kitchens for years, hits a home run with the new American cuisine at his sophisticated-but-not-formal first restaurant. Sitting among a dining room decked out in Deco-esque circular convex mirrors and Japanese-inspired floral arrangements, diners tuck into creative, satisfying dishes like braised pork belly served over purple sticky rice and uni-flavored risotto. Fraser has a deft touch with more classical dishes too—such as wild boar with violet mustard sauce, and salmon with chanterelles and truffles. Desserts like homemade butterscotch doughnuts and cookies with malted milk are a delicious throwback to grade school.
Tip: On Sunday nights only, Fraser offers burgers on house-baked fleur de sel buns, with truffled cheese, fries, and aioli.
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Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.