Saint Martha, a new restaurant by executive chef and partner Nick Erven (Farmer's Daughter Hotel and Tart) opened Friday in a strip mall in Koreatown. The restaurant, named for the patron saint of cooks and servants, is serving up pecan wood smoked brisket with hoisin, Santa Barbara spot prawn tartare with market melons, burnt orange oil and pink salt and brassicas with toasted brewer's yeast, mushroom and egg. There is also an optional five- or seven-course chef's tasting menu. The beverage program, curated by sommelier Mary Thompson, includes more than 50 wines by the glass, bottle or piché. Saint Martha is open Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 to midnight. 740 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 387-2300, www.saintmartharestaurant.com.
Food Network star and Pump executive chef Penny Davidi has opened a French-style bakery and cafe on West 3rd Street called Tartine O Chocolat, or ToC. The menu includes classic breakfast items, as well as tartines, escargots, French onion soup, salads, pastas, pizza, crepes and quiches. Pastry chef Stephane Treand is behind the restaurant's selection of croissants, baguettes, danishes and muffins. ToC is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 8556 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, (310) 275-4235, www.toccafeandbakery.com.
Ben Ford, the chef behind Culver City's Ford's Filling Station, plans to open a location of the restaurant at the J.W. Marriott at L.A. Live this fall. The restaurant, which replaces the L.A. Market restaurant in the hotel's lobby, will include gastropub classics from the Culver City location as well as new signature items. Ford's Filling Station at the J.W. Marriott will be open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 900 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, (213) 765-8600, www.jwlalive.com.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times