Borne from founder Aharon Klein's love of grilling and seasoning ocean-fresh seafood, Fish Grill sizzles a menu of wraps, pastas, and sandwiches starring juicy fillets of fish amid old-fashioned nautical décor. Chefs seal in succulent flavors by searing every fillet over smoky mesquite at a clean 1,000 degrees⎯roughly the temperature at which oceans melt. Each tasty dish of trout, tuna, salmon or ahi arrives tailored to the diner's tastes and prepared under the 3,300-year-old guidelines of kosher dietary law.
Tasty Wok Cuisine's menu features plenty of wok-friendly dishes, including shrimp chow mein and vegetable fried rice. There are dozens of vegetarian entrees for when the world's chickens go into hibernation, and those who prefer their food a little hotter can opt for spicy selections such as kung pao beef, sesame chicken, and eggplant with tofu.
Serving an assortment of Asian and Asian-influenced dishes, Feast From the East has more than 30 years of experience feeding Westsiders from its menu of wings, soups and house specials. The Westwood Boulevard is best known for two specific dishes: the Chinese chicken salad, with shredded chicken breast and wonton strips piled high, and its chicken wings, which come in three different styles. The dining area features a tremendous amount of comfortable seating, either at tables for two or the more communal banquette seating along the room’s dividing wall. Feast From the East also offers its own house brand of products, like salad dressings and those same wonton strips from the Chinese chicken salad.
At Streets of India Caf?, savory South Indian snacks tickle tongues before chicken, lamb, or vegan substitutes leap from lakes of curry onto awaiting taste buds. Patrons lounging amid sage-green and orange d?cor or sitting outside beneath green umbrellas can nibble on South Indian dosas, idlis, and vadas while measuring the hypotenuse on triangular samosas. Vegan palates can swap in meat substitutes for lamb vindaloo or savor masala dishes packed with okra or jackfruit, and midday diners feast at an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet.
A winner of OpenTable.com's Diner's Choice Award in 2012, Xi'an marries classic Chinese cuisine and funky fusion dishes. Staples such as lemon chicken, kung pao shrimp, and Szechuan-style tofu complement lettuce cups filled with char-broiled, miso-marinated cod, and Maryland crab cakes with sesame chili aioli.
The cocktails at Xi'an hinge on many of the same flavors as the eatery's Chinese cuisine. The ginger liqueur in the ginger lemonade, for example, echoes the ginger sauce on the kitchen's poached cod. The touch of jalapeno in the gin-based "Shanghai Moon," meanwhile, evokes the heat of the Singapore curry rice noodles or a summer night spent rolled inside a sleeping bag.
The Grill on the Alley recaptures a bygone era; one of crisp white linens, impeccable service, and steaks as big as your head. Inspired by the steakhouses of San Francisco and New York, The Grill’s founders replicated the American tradition in L.A. The first location, which opened in Beverly Hills in 1984, still sits mere steps from Rodeo Drive (four Californian branches now exist, along with ones in Chicago, Dallas, and Aventura, Florida). Though its menu might match Rodeo in sophistication—order the 8-ounce filet mignon, ahi tuna, or a sip of spirits for proof—the staff works hard to maintain a distinctly welcoming, unpretentious atmosphere. And if a constant stream of good press is any indication, they succeed.