Three Unique Restaurants in Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California is the largest city in California and the second largest city in the United State population wise.  There is an estimated population of over four million residents.  The city covers four hundred and sixty miles with mountains as high as ten thousand feet on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other.LA Hood Cleaning

According to the Los Angeles County Retail Food Inspection site, there is an estimated twenty-six thousand restaurants in the area.  That is a lot of competition.  I bet the hood cleaning business is pretty brisk.  As you may be aware, The National Fire Protection Association recommends that commercial restaurants have hood cleaning done at least once a quarter.

LA Hood Cleaning does professional grade hood cleaning in commercial kitchens.  They cover the entire Los Angeles, California area.  Their teams are certified and bonded to make sure every restaurant they do hood cleaning at are properly covered.

I have picked three unique restaurants in the Los Angeles, California area to review.

Los Angeles, CA RestaurantRepublique is in the Hancock Park are of Los Angeles.  It is the dream of husband and wife team Walter and Margarita Manzke.  Both began their affair with food at an early age.  Walter was raise in San Diego with a back yard full of fruits and vegetables.  Graduating in 1992 from San Diego Mesa College, he earned a degree in Business and Restaurant Management.

After his graduation, Walter moved to Los Angeles where he honed his skills in culinary arts by working in some of the most prestigious kitchens and studying their top chefs.  After a couple of years, Walter moved to Europe to work in some of the most renowned kitchens there.  When he returned to Los Angeles, Walter spent six years working at a restaurant called Patina.  While there he was given three three-star reviews and he met his future wife Margarita.

Margarita grew up in a resort kitchen outside Manila that was owned by her parents.  She studied pastry at Le Cordon Bleu in London then got a degree in Culinary Arts in The Culinary Institute of America in New York.  She too was drawn to Los Angeles where she became a Sous Chef.Los Angeles California Restaurants

After opening several successful restaurants in Carmel, California, the Manzke’s returned to Los Angeles to ultimately open Republique in December of 2013.

The building Republique is in is very historical.  It was built by Charlie Chaplin in 1928.  The structure of the building was to house retail shops on the ground floor and offices on the second floor.  Before the Manzke’s opened the doors, they remodeled it to mostly its original space to keep the open feeling of the original construction.

They have other restaurants in the Los Angeles area but this one by far has the most reviews online.  Seventeen hundred reviews with over a four and one-half star rating keeps people coming and coming back.

Bestia is a prominent Downtown establishment.  This Italian restaurant has a contemporary design using industrial space.  Bestia is Italian for Beast and that fits as they have a wall full of bar-fight weapons and meat-hook chandeliers.

Los Angeles CA RestaurantsBestia is the brainchild of Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis.  Both were born in Los Angeles; however, Menashe grew up in Israel.  He traveled the world extensively with this family eating at some of the finest restaurants.  Menashe spent a year in South America and came back with a love for cooking.  He returned to Los Angeles and started working in restaurants and that is where he met Gergis.

Gergis is a self-taught pastry chef who was studying to be a classical French horn player.  She never left Los Angeles and has a background in furniture and interior design.

Together they remodeled a building and Bestia was opened in 2012.  With Gergis taking on the pastry chef roll, Bestia is known for her incredible desserts.  Their handmade pastas are a hit with their clientele as well as the newspapers.  They have received three stars at the LA Weekly and Los Angeles Magazine as well as high praise from the Los Angeles Times.  I can see why they get over four stars with their more than thirteen hundred posts on the web.

Perch is located in Downtown Los Angeles.  This French restaurant is a rooftop bistro that has amazing views.  Their outdoor patio has fire pits and two fireplaces.  It is recommended you dress a little upscale and make reservations as it is very popular.Los Angeles California Restaurant photo

When you get off the elevator on the fifteen floor you walk into a beautiful lounge that makes you feel like you just walked into a lounge in France.  They have a wraparound balcony as well.  There is a rooftop lounge on the sixteen floor that offers you a three-hundred-and-sixty-degree view of Los Angeles.

Perch has a strict policy that minors cannot be in the establishment after nine in the evening.  They will only let people who are twenty-one make reservation after seven in the evening.  Be prepared to pay a ten-dollar parking fee Monday through Sunday and don’t me more than fifteen minutes late for your reservation or your table will go to someone else.  Even with those restrictions, has over a whopping two thousand six hundred evaluations on the web.

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