Los Angeles is known for leading the way when it concerns healthy, conscious cuisine trends, so chef Tal Ronnen and the partners behind Crossroads will be in good company when they start dinner service on March 14.
The concept is artistically presented, small plate dining that focuses on plant-based Mediterranean cuisine. The seasonal ever-changing menu features selections like artichoke oysters with artichoke puree, crispy oyster mushroom, yellow tomato béarnaise, and kelp caviar; “crab cakes” composed of hearts of palm, apples, and beets, with horseradish cream; cassoulet with lentils, wild mushrooms, grilled treviso, and buttered leeks; and il biscuits di funghi di bosco e salsa: biscuits and morel mushroom gravy as overseen by Executive Chef Scot Jones. Desserts showcase produce and ingredients of the season including citrus panna cotta with caramel and ginger-walnut biscotti by Pastry Chef Serafina Magnusson.
You might be familiar with 3,000-square foot Melrose Ave. restaurant space, which used to house concepts like Phillipe Chow and Dolce. It’s been redesigned by award-winning Studio Collective and boasts handcrafted chandeliers, an antique glasswork bar, opulent private dining room and inviting wine room.
The cocktail menu features chef-driven libations from notable award-wining mixologist Gaston Martinez and a curated wine list featuring 70 varietals including biodynamic and organic labels.
Dinner Sun, 5-10 p.m.; Mon.-Weds. 5-midnight; Thurs.-Sat. 5 p.m.-1 a.m. 8284 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323.782.9245. CrossroadsKitchen.com
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