Los Angeles finally has a World Class dining experience, Jordan Kahn’s Vespertine. Much has been written on the architecture and “Other Worldly” food presentation, but I think what has gotten lost, is that Kahn’s “New World Cuisine” is fantastic. Not Asian Fusion or Farm to the Table, or whatever a more recent trend in food may be… a truly unique blend of taste and texture. Yes, it’s Fussy in presentation, but flavor never gets lost. Truly a worth while dining experience for those who want to bravely go where no chef has gone before. But be prepared for a long meal, 3+ hours, so make sure you like the folks you are with.
Also featured are two separate wine pairings, and a full non-alcohol paring. And they gladly pour some more if something strikes your fancy.
And yes!, they do let you take your “Foodie Fotos” if you do so with dignity.
Vespertine, from Chef/Creator Jordan Kahn and located in the Hayden Tract district of Culver City, CA, is a gastronomical experiment seeking to disrupt the course of the modern restaurant. It is a place of cognitive dissonance that defies categorization, exploring a dimension of cuisine that is neither rooted in tradition nor culture — it is from a time that is yet to be, and a place that does not exist. It is a spirit that exists between worlds. A place of shadows and whispers.
The project was conceived as a result of the structure in which it resides. Designed by world-renowned architect Eric Owen Moss, Vespertine is a 2-story structure, separated into 4 levels of which there are no traditional walls supporting the building. Instead the building is wrapped by an architectural skin — a curtain of undulating steel and glass. The intimate, 22-seat dining room sets the stage for an enigmatic dining experience, comprised of a succession of 18+ courses.
WHEN THERE: September 2018
3599 Hayden Ave
Culver City, CA 90232
COST: expensive, plan on $400 – $600 per person