22706 Pacific Coast Hwy.Malibu Pier
Malibu, CA 90265
Even after all these years, Nobu's signature dishes are often imitated but seldom matched. It's always a delight to sample these culinary offerings, and each location has a number of items unique to its menu. The new and expansive oceanfront space -- with a large outdoor seating area -- makes for a much more elegant dining experience than the restaurant's former digs in the Malibu Country Mart.
8400 Wilshire Blvd.Gale Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
An interesting small plates menu, but too few dishes were inspirational. There is some real creativity here (the Mugifuji Pork was divine), but at this price point for an almost exclusively small plates menu, the kitchen should deliver more leading edge culinary offerings. As a fan of Vietnamese cuisine who was excited to experience Red Medicine's interpretation of it, I found the menu more tantalizing than the food.
1355 Ocean Ave.Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Charming, casual, and lively with an East Coast vibe. Also a very popular spot, so long waits come with the territory. The overall experience is pleasant and fun -- we enjoyed ourselves -- but the food isn't particularly noteworthy. Come for the ambiance, sip a glass of wine, and enjoy the view.
6333 W. Third St.Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Excellent burgers and updated takes on a traditional diner menu of burgers, sandwiches, shakes, fries, etc. Nothing fancy -- this is the Farmers Market -- but if you dine upstairs you can escape the insanity of the interior restaurants and shops. The upstairs level also offers bar seating and a table with a fire pit. The burgers were juicy and delicious, and my medium Commando burger (no toppings!) was perfectly cooked. Yummy Coffee Malt shake.