4 Multi-Cultural Restaurants in Los Angeles

Taking the Lexus CT200H proved to be the ultimate luxury sedan for my foodie experience across Los Angeles

As some of you may witness first-hand by now, restaurants and foodporn are an integral part of my Instagram feed. Why is food and culinary adventures so important to me?

Aside from its necessity for everyday survival, food has a way of drawing people together. Perhaps it's our need for social connectivity or the wafting of delicious scents. That has always been the case for me growing up in a tightly-knit, almost too tight, Chinese-American family. My mom, every night, without fail, cooked a huge and nourishing feast every night. I grew up eating at the table surrounded by immediate family or family friends/relatives who were visiting. This was an everyday occasion that we all looked forward to at the end of the day.

That daily ritual instilled in me an undying love and appreciation for food of all kinds. I can seriously eat anything: Tripe, liver, gizzards, crickets and ant eggs -- you name it. It's also made me into that person who plans their life around food, including my Instagram feed. 

I am thankful to be living in Los Angeles, an incredibly diverse city that is home to multicultural neighborhoods that offer some of the world's most exquisite cuisines. Just a few weeks back, I highlighted some of my favorite restaurants across four distinct neighborhoods in LA on my #LexusAdventures. Here they are again, in their foodporn best, from the Westside to our version of the Far East:

 


- LEONA -

ADDRESS

123 W Washington Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

HOURS

Monday    Closed
Tuesday    11AM–2:30PM, 5:30–10PM
Wednesday    11AM–2:30PM, 5:30–10PM
Thursday    11AM–2:30PM, 5:30–11PM
Friday    11AM–2:30PM, 5:30–11PM
Saturday    10AM–2PM, 5:30–11PM
Sunday    10AM–2PM, 5:30–11PM

TEL

(310) 822-5379

 

RECOMMENDED DISHES & ITEMS

  • CRISPY SMELT
  • BULGOGI CHICKEN WINGS
  • FRESH BURRATA W/ BRAISED COLLARD GREENS
  • LEONA'S SIGNATURE COFFEE AND COOKIES
 

- HANJIP -

ADDRESS

3829 Main St, Culver City, CA 90232

HOURS

Monday    11:30AM–2:30PM, 4:30–10:30PM
Tuesday    11:30AM–2:30PM, 4:30–10:30PM
Wednesday    11:30AM–2:30PM, 4:30–10:30PM
Thursday    11:30AM–2:30PM, 4:30–10:30PM
Friday    11:30AM–2:30PM, 4:30PM–12AM
Saturday    11:30AM–12AM
Sunday    11:30AM–10:30PM

TEL

(323) 720-8804

- BADMAASH -

ADDRESS

108 W 2nd St #104, Los Angeles, CA 90012

HOURS

Monday    11:30AM–3PM, 5:30–10PM
Tuesday    11:30AM–3PM, 5:30–10PM
Wednesday    11:30AM–3PM, 5:30–11PM
Thursday    11:30AM–3PM, 5:30PM–12AM
Friday    11:30AM–3PM, 5:30PM–12AM
Saturday    5PM–12AM
Sunday    5–10PM

TEL

(213) 221-7466

- HINOTORI -

ADDRESS

713 W Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91007

HOURS

Monday    5:30–10PM
Tuesday    5:30–10PM
Wednesday    5:30–10PM
Thursday    5:30–10PM
Friday    5:30–10PM
Saturday    5:30–10PM
Sunday    Closed

TEL

(626) 348-8425

 

RECOMMENDED DISHES & ITEMS

  • BEEF BRISKET AND PORK JOWL (NECK)
  • BONE MARROW CHEESE CORN
  • KIMCHEE FRIED RICE
  • HANJIP'S KPOP SOJU COCKTAIL
  • ALL OF THE BANCHAN!
 

RECOMMENDED DISHES & ITEMS

  • EVERYTHING ON THE MENU. It's really that good. 
  • ROADSIDE CHAI (!!)
 

RECOMMENDED DISHES & ITEMS

  • KOBE HOUBA YAKI
  • TEMPURA SWEET SHRIMP
  • OCHAZUKE W/ GRILLED RICE BALL (PLAIN)
  • GRILLED SCALLOPS & OCTOPUS
  • CURATED SAKE SELECTION

These four distinct restaurants reinforce just how diverse and dynamic Los Angeles' culinary scene is -- the options and variety are limitless. The tour doesn't stop here - follow on Instagram and regram this for a chance to dine with me, @andyheart and @honeynsilk at Animal

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Me and my girls (Andyheart, left, and HoneyNSilk, right). We couldn't have asked for a better car than the Lexus CT200H to take us on this culinary adventure of a lifetime. Here's to more exciting excursions ahead -- off the beaten path and into your tummy.