Frank Ocean Goes to This Strip Mall Restaurant the Second He Lands in L.A.
Like many of us, Timothée Chalamet is a Frank Ocean fanboy. In the new issue of VMan, the Call Me By Your Name actor is interviewed by Ocean and has some trouble keeping his cool. "It is an honor to speak to you, man," Chamalet says. "I’m such a huge fan. This is going to be a real test to keep my voice level and keep this as normal of a conversation as possible."
The interview is illuminating in many ways (we learn the actor was called Timmy his whole life, and even tried "Timo" at one point), but the conversation's pivot towards food is particularly revealing. Ocean, who says he is currently furnishing his apartment in NYC and trying to pay his dues as a New Yorker, asks the actor where he should eat, admitting that he always just ends up Googling "top five places to get pizza." Chamalet's answer does not disappoint.
"Mud is one of my favorite coffee shops, and Tompkins Square Bagels makes the best bagels in my opinion," he says. "East Village is my favorite neighborhood." (We heartily endorse Chalamet's endorsements.) Then, the actor asks Ocean where he eats in Los Angeles, and his answer proves, yet again, just how exquisite his taste is.
"The place that I go to as soon as I get off the plane usually is Ohana, this little Hawaiian Korean BBQ spot in a Studio City strip mall," Ocean says. "It’s been the same staff for the past 10 years. There are [photos of] struggling actors on the wall in frames and they have the best chicken potstickers, grilled fish and short ribs in L.A.."
Some of the best dining in America happens in strip malls, so we're pleased Ocean is still down-to-earth enough to recognize that. Another big reveal? Chalamet eats bacon, egg and cheeses just like the rest of us.