Hometown Homage

Birch elevates the dining scene on the Cahuenga Corridor

Written by Michelle Lyn | Photos Courtesy of Birch

A nod to the copse of birch trees in his hometown of Nottingham, England, chef Brendan Collins’ restaurant, Birch, reflects two decades of experience spanning both sides of the pond. An early career working in Michelin-starred restaurants throughout Europe built Collins’ foundation as a chef and eventually led him to the culinary melting pot that is Los Angeles.

The culmination of his gastronomic journey, Birch’s menu spans a cultural range, featuring dishes like Za’atar Flatbread with Persian yoghurt; Monkfish Tikka Masala; Rabbit Baklava with dates, white beans, pistachio and carrot; and Octopus with blistered shishito peppers and red pepper hummus. Portion sizes are generous enough that dishes can be shared, cultivating a communal vibe, especially when it comes to desserts like the Skillet Toffee Pudding with burnt sugar ice cream.

A respite from the chaos of the Cahuenga Corridor, Birch is bright and open, with a decidedly European sensibility, no doubt thanks to Scandinavian designer Ann Karlstrom, who whitewashed the space and balanced it with natural materials like wood, marble and unpolished metals.

Intimate, yet relaxed, Birch also has alfresco dining on a brick-paved alley and several balcony barstools, perfect for people watching over bustling Cahuenga Boulevard. Early birds will soon be able to delight in a pre-theater set menu, making prime seats even harder to come by.

1634 N. Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
323.960.3369 | BirchLosAngeles.com


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