On a recent morning, I had a breakfast meeting and was looking for somewhere to meet other than the typical coffee chain. We met at Greenleaf Gourmet Chopshop in Century City. Greenleaf is a great spot to grab a healthy lunch (specialty salads and sandwiches or make your own salad) but you can also stop by for a healthy and tasty breakfast.
Every year for my birthday I try to find a new restaurant to try with my family. What better way to celebrate than to enjoy a new place with family while getting to try lots of dishes and sharing. In perfect timing, David Myers' Hinoki and the Bird opened just in time to be the restaurant of choice.
I had been sad when Sona closed as some of my first real foodie experiences were at Sona. But, David is back with Hinoki and the Bird, located in the basement of a luxury condo building in Century City that is not so easy to find (my GPS was confused and I had to make 2 calls to the restaurant to make sure I was in the right place). We arrived and were greeted by the valets, still not sure what to expect. But, once the big wooden doors opened, we stood looking out over the entire restaurant. From the bustling bar to the open kitchen, the room was filled with energy.