A new guard of industry lunch spots caters to wheelers and dealers with an appetite for power.
Heavyweight H’wood power lunches are more artful than ever thanks to the sleek environs of spots like Kali.
While classic chopped salads and trendy bowls still reign on LA lunch menus, there’s a new crop of restaus shaking up the power lunch game for Hollywood heavyweights. In Culver City, the fare is Korean-casual: Just a few minutes from Sony Studios, Hanjip—from the guys behind Terrine—hosts studio execs with Korean barbecue, elevated sides such as bone marrow corn cheese, and boozy watermelon soju (served in a show-stopping half watermelon).
And when A-list chef Roy Choi was looking for Kogi BBQ’s first stand-alone space, he landed in nearby Palms, a 15-minute stroll from the Sony lot. Across town (and down the block from Paramount Pictures), Kali stages the power lunch as a fine dining experience thanks to chefs Kevin Meehan (L’Orangerie, Patina) and Drew Langley (Providence). “We let guests feel at ease,” says Meehan. “[We want] that ‘power lunch’ meeting to be comfortable and fun.”
And WeHo’s tony Sunset Plaza welcomes a gaggle of newcomers, including aptly named The Guild, housed inside SAG headquarters, Tocaya Organica, recognizable by its lunchtime lines, and Estrella, in the IAC building. Further east, in Hollywood, power players converge over sky-high burgers and all-day fare at Paley, directly across from members-only club Neuehouse, where the industry-meets-techie set work—and play.