Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 17, 2017

Build your own bento box at Takami Sushi and Robata.

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Eats in LA

From celebrity spotting to Latin flavours, five places to savour the city

There’s an IHOP near downtown’s JW Marriott at the L.A. Live entertainment complex, the headquarters hotel for the city’s convention center, but we think more of you, dear MD reader, so here’s where you should dine when working and playing in LA. Almost all are a 15- to 20-minute walk from the convention center.

Breakfast of champions

The weekday brekky at Bottega Louie features lemon ricotta pancakes with homemade blueberry syrup (US$12); their weekend brunch includes that and then some. Choose from lobster hash served with two poached eggs and a smoked paprika hollandaise sauce (US$20) or spinach and goat cheese quiche (US$9). 700 South Grand Avenue; bottegalouie.com.

Wallet friendly

Build your own bento box weekdays from 11:30AM to 2:30PM at Takami Sushi and Robata, on the 21st floor of a high-rise with an outdoor patio. Pick a salad, a sushi roll and an entrée — like Chilean sea bass in a champagne-yuzu sauce or chicken teriyaki — for lunch under US$25. 811 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 2100; takamisushi.com.

Big night out

The letters in WP24’s name stand for Wolfgang Puck; the numbers are for the floor the resto calls home at the Ritz. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide pretty panoramic views; Puck’s modern take of Chinese fare provides more pleasure. There’s a three-course tasting menu daily between 5 and 7PM (US$24) and a dim sum Sunday dinner too (US$55). 900 West Olympic Boulevard; ritzcarlton.com.

Latin love

There are three dining rooms at Rivera: the Playa Room where a Mexican-inspired menu is plated, Samba for South American and Sangre for food of the Iberian-Peninsula. Dishes include Mexican chile guero relleno (a tempura chili stuffed with crab, corn and ginger; US$12) and Brazilian feijoada (a lamb, chorizo and bean stew; US$34). 1050 Flower Street, #102; riverarestaurant.com.

Celebrity spotting

The following are a 20-minute drive from the convention centre, but the chance of spotting Brangelina is worth it, no?! Janet Jackson likes Katsuya (6300 Hollywood Boulevard; sbe.com/katsuya); you’ll like their sushi. The odds of seeing someone famous is good at Osteria Mozza (6602 Melrose Avenue; osteriamozza.com) and Mastro's Steakhouse (246 North Canon Drive; mastrosrestaurants.com) too.

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