Name of restaurant: Girasol (Spanish for sunflower) is the new Studio City restaurant by Top Chef alum C.J. Jacobson.
Chef: Jacobson (who did a stint at world-famous Noma in Copenhagen) showcases California cuisine by sourcing local purveyors and farmers daily.
What dish represents the restaurant, and why? The whole-fried red snapper with crispy greens, fermented Fresno chile sauce of kumquat, sorrel and citrus. Like the restaurant, it's both rustic and refined.
Concept: Approachable, farmers-market-driven, hyper-seasonal cuisine. Choose from shared plates, entrées and sides. If it's not too hot out, ask for a table on the patio.
Who's at the next table? A young couple on a possible first date, a TV star and her husband, Top Chef fans.
Appropriate for...: Couples, small groups, solo diners at the bar, alfresco dining, both vegetarians and meat-lovers.
Uh-oh...: Wine and beer only, although cocktails and brunch are both in the works.
Service: Friendly and helpful.
What are you drinking? Mionetto Prosecco.
Info: 11334 Moorpark St., Studio City, (818) 924-2323