an afternoon at hinoki & the bird

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chili crab toast with spicy cucumber and cucumber

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coconut curried mussels with sausage and cauliflower

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chilled ramen salad with ginger braised short rib and spiced english pea

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rice cream mochi

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this is no doubt one of my new favorite restaurants in LA. everything from the thin slivers of snow white cauliflower served on the coconut curried mussels to the raw denim patch-worked seat covers and the hanging globe terrariums, everything is elegant, casual, and delicious all at the same time. bonus points for the kuniko yagi sighting in the kitchen, you're just as cute in person as on tv (loved you on top chef!!!).