As with any new hotspot in West Hollywood, a “see and be seen” quality can take over the atmosphere. At E.P. & L.P., where a dimly lit restaurant buzzes below a sparkling rooftop bar with panoramic city views, such an attitude would seem obligatory. But that isn’t necessarily the case. Modern white marble and industrial finishes in the restaurant, plus funky teal chairs under strings of light on the roof, do complement a fashionable crowd. And yet, the creativity of the Asian-inspired menu instills an intimacy at each table. There’s plenty to see, and taste, within arm’s reach.
Arrive before sundown at L.P., the open-air space with its distinct menu, for cocktails and small bites before dinner. Sip the “stairway to heaven,” made with vodka and fresh ginger juice, while tasting the chicken and coconut cream in the L.P. nachos. Later, stick a straw into a fruity bubble tea cocktail and split the soft-shell crab bun as nighttime gets underway.
Follow the four-leaf clover motive downstairs to E.P., where another independent menu holds a steady gaze on the table at hand. There’s the kakoda, the spicy snapper ceviche made Fijian style, and the flavorful half-shell abalone that’s wood-grilled and served with curry paste. Finish those before sharing Lou Digg’s crispy skin chicken with black vinegar, and then scoop up a mango pudding with papaya for dessert. The only thing that will break focus is the sight of empty plates.
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