Jonathan Gold reviews Vespertine
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Jonathan Gold encounters the otherworldly Vespertine

Hazelnut cream with hyssop -- the sort of creation encountered at Vespertine, a tasting menu restaurant in Culver City where chef Jordan Kahn delivers a fully staged dining experience in an out-of-this-world building. 

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Yucca flower with smoked almond

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Live scallop

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Mango with redwood

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A Jordan Kahn halibut creation

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Vespertine chef Jordan Kahn prepares his live scallop dish.

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Chef Jordan Kahn on the roof of his Vespertine restaurant.

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