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Cooking with Heart at the Hart and the Hunter

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Nov 20, 2013 01:04 AM
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by Alexa Hotz last modified Nov 19, 2013

Tucked inside of Palihotel on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles is a new restaurant from Brian Dunsmoor and Kris Tominaga, who first made their mark with pop-up canteen A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. The two entrepreneurial chefs clearly share an affinity for Aesop's fables: their latest venture gets its name from "The Hart and the Hunter". In the tale, the hart spends his time admiring his antlers and loathing his too-slim legs. When the hunter's arrow causes the hart to snag his antlers on a branch, the hart says, "Alas! alas! We often despise what is most useful to us." The significance of the fable has a secret meaning to the owners, but our guess is it's a reminder to stay humble in the midst of increasing acclaim, and to cook what they know best: California fare tinged with more than a hint of the south. Have a look around.  Photography by Dylan James Ho from Eat, Drink + Be Merry  (unless otherwise noted). Above:  With its green and white octagonal floor tiles and family-style table, the restaurant has the vibe of a small southern kitchen smack in the middle of LA.   Photograph courtesy of Palihotel . To see more of the hotel, visit our post   Where the Brits Are: Palihotel in LA Above: Seen throughout the restaurant are a collection of vintage portraits, ranging from dapper gentlemen to forest fauna. Above L: Palihotel aprons hang against the restaurant's glazed tiled wall (for something similar, consider Waterworks' Grove Brickworks Tiles in Hull). Above R: Lemon squares and iced cookies on the bar. Both photographs courtesy of Palihotel . Above: Visitors from another era—the gentleman's eyes match the blue on the wall. Above: Cool blue is a theme throughout. The bar is the hub for the restaurant's coffee program, headed up by Christopher Abel Alameda, a barista from Handsome Coffee Roasters and Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea  (LA's two main drip coffee haunts). Photograph courtesy of Palihotel . Above: A portrait of a hart, an homage to the restaurant's namesake.  Above: White-painted Tolix metal chairs are fitted with custom wooden seats, and the Hart and Hunter staff aren't afraid to add a folding chair to the mix. Photograph courtesy of Palihotel . Above L: Smoked trout toast. Above R: A warm steak bowl with roasted cauliflower and green accompaniments. For more on the food, visit Eat, Drink + Be Merry . Above: An equine portrait hangs over the dining room's old-fashioned sideboard and window into the kitchen. Book a reservation at   The Hart and the Hunter   Check out our recent post on the Palihotel's sister property, Palihouse in Santa Monica . For more of the city's standout restaurants, hotels, and  shops,   visit our Los Angeles Area City Guide .  Location of The Hart and the Hunter in Los Angeles:






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