From the moment I first read its charming name on a list of most-anticipated restaurant openings for 2016, I'd been eager to visit Here's Looking at You in Koreatown. A petite restaurant with a fabulous external mural on an otherwise nondescript corner, co-owners Jonathan Whitener and Lien Ta have brought to life one of my favorite new restaurants in Los Angeles. Knowing their previous affiliation with the Animal Restaurant group (Whitener was the namesake restaurant's chef de cuisine, and Ta was both a former manager of Animal and the culinary liaison for the group in its entirety), my love for HYaT seemed to be written in the stars -- and my in-person experience lived up to my tastebuds' wildest dreams. Dubbed a LA-focused, progressive fusion menu, dishes like Stracciatella Cheese with pepitas, yuzu kosho, perilla, and charred bread seem to perfectly embody all flavors that make Los Angeles uniquely delicious. I have a new-found appreciation for tomatoes after enjoying the Momotaro Tomatos, and the Heritage Red Wattle Pork Belly with key lime amba, pineapple, palm sugar, herbs, and shallots had a perfect, exciting balance of flavors to celebrate such an ideal blend of rich and crispy pork. I genuinely can't wait to revisit the restaurant to continue slowly making my way through its inventive, delectable menu.
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