If I were the kind of monogamous diner that frequented the same restaurants time and again, I’d totally be a regular at Manuela. Located in the Hauser & Wirth complex in the Arts District, the restaurant has everything I want — thoughtful cooking that balances flavor and freshness, all served in an urban yet serene space.
I came in for lunch a few months back and was taken by Chef Kris Tominaga’s cooking, which draws inspiration from Southern ingredients and traditions, along with California’s produce and a distinct culinary point of view.
To start, a light and refreshing Gulf pink shrimp aguachile with avocado, radish, ginger, lime, and benne seeds ($18). The vegetable chips served on the side provided a fine vehicle.(more…)