Brand New Culinary Hot Spot Coming in January

Written By: Nanda Dyssou  The Mar Vista

The Mar Vista and Palms neighborhoods are quickly gaining a reputation as culinary destinations on the Westside thanks to a new crop of chef-restaurateurs who are proud to invest in their neighborhoods. The newest of them is The Mar Vista, a trendy new restaurant on Venice Boulevard set to open soon by three local chefs.

Jill Davie, an award-winning chef whose most recent position was at Josie in Santa Monica, is also a television personality who has appeared on half a dozen culinary shows. Some might also know her as the “Sunkist Lemon Lady.”

Previously, “Brandon Walker, aka. “Chef D, ” was the Program Manager and Executive Chef at Bread and Roses Cafe in Venice–a part of the nonprofit St. Joseph’s Center–where he prepared and served gourmet food for 150 homeless people each morning, as well as trained young chefs. He was the winner of the culinary competition on “Chopped” and had served as personal chef to hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and actress Helen Hunt.

In fact, the third chef behind The Mar Vista, Jorge Rivas, was Chef D’s student. He worked as Executive Chef for Blue Plate Restaurant Group in Santa Monica and spent time cooking in Singapore, Mexico, Malaysia, Spain, and Thailand, too.

Some might remember the Venice Boulevard location as Club Good Hurt, but the venue has undergone major reconstruction in the past year. The restaurant now has an open front, large skylights, outdoor and indoor seating, understated furnishing, and eye-catching murals painted by local visual artists Priscilla Witte and Cardell Walker.

The restaurant will feature live music every night on its popup stage, giving preference to Los Angeles-based bands. In the name of full comfort and efficiency, the stage is converted to a comfortable lounge area during the day. Ample street parking makes The Mar Vista an easy-to-love neighborhood spot.

The Mar Vista promises an all-day menu that draws upon the influences of many culinary cultures present in Los Angeles, creating a unique blend of cuisine based on locally-grown and ethically sourced ingredients.

At the pre-opening celebration on Dec. 3, a preview of the restaurant’s offering convinced attendees that The Mar Vista is here to stay.

The evening began with tray-passed hors d’oeuvres: oysters with Thai basil, lemongrass, and serrano mignonette; Lamb Tartare with apple and lemon tentsuyu, preserved lemon and egg yolk on sourdough; and Santa Barbara Vermillion Rockfish and Heart of Palm Ceviche with tiger’s milk marinade, red onion, and avocado mole.

Dinner was served buffet style and included Jerusalem artichokes with charred sweet onion and crispy shallots, a black barley salad with Cavolo Nero kale and leeks. Chocolate and marshmallow Scotch kiss love bites completed the evening’s menu.

The Mar Vista is expected to open on Jan. 5,  2017.


The Mar Vista
12249 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066
The Mar Vista is Coming to Los Angeles in January 2017

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