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If the stunning Art Deco interiors of SIMONE aren’t enough to make you linger on at the restaurant, chef-partner Jessica Largey (formerly from three Michelin-starred Manresa) will impress you with her produce-driven Californian fare. Drawing inspiration from her childhood in Ventura Country and her career through Providence and Manresa, she presents south California ingredients in dishes like the Big Fin Squid with chanterelle mushrooms (US$26/S$36), Oma (a washed rind cheese) with cherry mustard (US$14), and the crowd favourite, a Dry-aged Flannery “Jorge” Ribeye with all the trimmings (US$180). The six-seater chef’s counter, on the other hand, is where diners can indulge in a secret tasting menu.
The restaurant, opened in collaboration with filmmaker Joe Russo, has also enlisted Jordan Egan (Nomad) and Iain Mcpherson (Panda and Sons) to create the beverage and bar menu. There’s Lance Bishop (US$15), a blend of dark rum and red wine to represent the booming Californinan wine industry in the 1800s, and the Botanist Gin-based Kimchi Gibson (US$18) that’s a tribute to Korean-american visual artist, Po Kim. 449 South Hewitt Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013, U.S.A. Tel: +1 424 433 3000