Celebrated chef and event producer Gary Arabia (who invented those “body sushi” parties) opened GC Marketplace in the heart of the Cahuenga Pass, near Universal Studios. With all food made in-house, the marketplace offers a series of vignettes where guests will find a French-style boulangerie, house-made pizza and sandwiches, a cheese and charcuterie counter, premium blend coffee, and even a retail wine space. A few highlights include pork belly Benedict; challah French toast with cinnamon apples; crab and truffle risotto with Dungeness crab; and a banh mi with spicy chicken. Unusual for this type of concept space, there is also a 12-seat chef’s table, located in an intimate setting tucked away from the marketplace.
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GC Marketplace Makes A Lasting Impression
“See and be seen” may be the unofficial catchphrase of Los Angeles, especially in the studio-heavy neighborhood of GC Marketplace, but this new restaurant has more than enough reasons to deserve a willing gaze. Artful stacks of small-batch wines, rows of highly selective cheeses, bowls of freshly made pastas, and hooks of delectable meats surround a dining hall filled with light. Their shades color an open space where white is the predominant hue, from the marble tables indoors to 80-year-old vaulted ceiling overhead. And while this is a beautiful setting, give your eyes a rest soon enough – the focus has to switch to your stomach.
Chef Gary Arabia, whose decades-long career includes catering Hollywood events, opened GC Marketplace to serve the everyday eater. The menu is casual with gourmet ingredients: sandwiches and soups, salads and pastas, and pizzas and grilled meats can be ordered as takeaway items or comfortable meals. Sip coffee over breakfast at the counter, come in at dinner for Wednesday wine tastings with the in-house sommelier, or get away for a quiet lunch hour. Start with the cheese and charcuterie platter – which may include a cut of stag cheddar from Wisconsin – and then try the golden crab cakes. After, taste the brisket, which is prepared with a chili and spice rub in the restaurant’s specialty-made smoker.
If GC Marketplace captivates on first impression, then it surely satisfies at last bite.