Brian Malarkey's Herringbone Delayed Until JanuaryBy Lesley Balla
December 12, 2013
Top Chef alum and former The Taste judge Brian Malarkey is bringing Herringbone, one of his San Diego-area dining concepts, north, set to open at the Mondrian after the New Year. The restaurant, which was supposed to open on December 31, takes the place of Asia de Cuba, which closed in September after almost 20 years at the Sunset Strip hotel (it opened in 1996). He told Zagat Austin it was his largest project to date, the whole thing taking up more room than the previous restaurant, moving it closer to the pool and taking advantage of those views from the top of the hill.
Designed by Thomas Schoos, Herringbone will be more laid-back LA cool, like a breezy house in the hills, with communal tables, a bigger bar, lounge tables and banquettes. Some decor elements include stacked lobster traps filled with puffer fish for the bar, ostrich bone chandeliers, Schoos's own paintings as table tops, and oversized floor lamps alongside the tables.
Malarkey's "fish meats field" menu will feature a smattering of combinations like ceviche with duck-skin cracklins, bone marrow and clam flatbread and several different crudos. it's a slight departure from the original Herringbone in La Jolla, which Malarkey says fits that area better. "In La Jolla they’re more set. We have amazing flatbreads, braised meats, recognizable seafood. But we always wanted to push the envelope a bit more, you know, to add things like anchovies and abalone," he says. "I think LA will be the audience to look for that. To crave it, expect it." Herringbone makes its grand debut on January 10.