Kali, a new restaurant by chef Kevin Meehan (formerly at L'Orangerie, Bastide, Citrine) and Drew Langley (formerly the wine director at Providence), is scheduled to open on Melrose Avenue, in the Larchmont Village area, on Jan. 27.
The restaurant, located in the space formerly occupied by Midtown Bar + Kitchen, is the brick-and-mortar version of the duo's popular roaming pop-up dinner party series, Kali Dining.
"Kali was born out of Drew’s and my desire to offer a new style of dining in Los Angeles: Michelin-level cuisine, wine and hospitality, re-imagined and stripped of the white tablecloths and tension of a formal environment," Meehan said in a release.
Unlike at the dinner parties, which included prix-fixe menus, Kali will have an a la carte menu. Highlights include escargot toast; Heritage Grain risotto with black garlic and San Joaquin cheese; squab with carrots, honey and lavender; and cavatelli with peppercorns, crème fraîche and fried wild arugula.
The bar will have a daily wine list featuring California wines with an emphasis on varietals from the Central Coast. Langley also plans to highlight rare and small-production bottles from private collectors.
There will be a full cocktail program with locally sourced spirits, housemade shrubs and finds from the farmers market. Meehan also is making kombucha.
The 2,000-square-foot space includes seating for 65, an open kitchen and a 16-seat L-shaped bar.
Kali will be open for dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday.
5722 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 871-4160, www.kalirestaurant.com.
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