“Never be a food snob. Learn from every one you meet: the lady at the local diner, farmers, cheese makers. Ask questions, try everything and eat up” – Rachel Ray
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If you don’t know Lisa Vanderpump, what rock have you been living under? The reality star of Vanderpump Rules and The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills opened up a swanky restaurant called TomTom with her Vanderpump Rules cast members, Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval. The décor is inspired by a mad scientist theme and has a largely romantic industrial vibe with a creatively curated menu that includes sections called Under Water, From The Farm and #PartyAnimals: think brioche kobe sliders. Drool.
TAV E R N A T O N Y, MALIBU
This beautifully rustic Greek taverna, with its large patio, smooth patina terra-cotta tiles and bougainvillea twined veranda, right in the heart of Malibu brings Mediterranean flavours right to your plate. It’s best to go at it with mezzes, with a delicious choice of kefalograviera (Greek sheep’s milk cheese spread on warm bread) or melintzanosalata dip (that’s baked eggplant, sesame oil, garlic and lemon). You cannot leave Taverna Tony without stuffing yourself with Taverna fries: crumbled kefalotiri cheese, oregano and cracked pepper are sprinkled on top. It’s no wonder this is Kourtney Kardashian’s favourite date-night spot.
Sometimes in life, all you need is a juicy burger and a large cut of fries. And nothing hits the spot quite like an In-N-Out burger. There’s nothing exceptionally fancy, just a perfectly concentric burger with a packet of oozing fries. Sit in your car in the drive through and savor every last bite. And, In-N-Out is only a California thing – it doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. One for the ‘Gram.
Another cult favourite which needs no introduction, really – Chef Nobu has created food vultures (in the most sophisticated way) in us all with his menu of top-rate sushi. And there is always a starry line-up of celebs. It’s on the pricey side so if you want an experience, we suggest you go for sunset drinks – you won’t be disappointed.
Located on Santa Monica Boulevard this tiny restaurant – named after bowls from which monks eat – has white walls, a communal table, a few stools and is easily one of LA’s best kept secret. It’s touted for its locally sourced Korean eats, cooked by the two owner chefs. And you definitely know it’s authentic when there is a fermentation wall…