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Bokado is open in Studio City


Still in its soft-opening phase, Bokado, a modern Spanish-inspired bistro with an adjoining deli/marketplace, is bringing Iberian flavor to the Ventura Boulevard shopping district in Studio City. 

The casual space blends the comfortable grace of a Basque asador (grillery and roast house) with a congenial full bar where updated pintxos (tapas) include spicy patatas bravas, artisanal cheeses and oysters Rockefeller. The food’s not strictly traditional at all: There’s mac and manchego cheese and a marinated skirt steak Cobb salad. 

Consulting chef Todd Williams (executive chef at Bradley Ogden in Las Vegas) has fashioned a Basque-influenced lunch and dinner menu: Pan-roasted organic cod over white bean cassoulet and berberechos (Spanish clams) with fried baby artichokes accented with jamón Serrano are highlights. Sous-chef Fredi Ruiz -- ex of Melisse, Joe’s and Craft -- is at the stoves.  And overseeing desserts is Christa Sias,  formerly of the Breakers in Palm Beach.

 An array of breads baked in-house from doughs made by Porto’s Cuban Bakery are foundations for the many panini and bocadillos sandwiches.  Porto’s also delivers the guava and cheese-filled flaky pastries offered at breakfast.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 12345 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, (818) 752-9222.

-- Linda Burum 

Photo by Linda Burum 

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My advice: Spare yourself the agony. Very expensive ($20+ entrees except for the burger at $16). Appetizer sized entree portions (the scallops at $24 is like an appetizer.) When I asked to speak with the owner, he was completely unwilling to satisfy me. A complimentary side order? Drink? Dessert? Never entered his mind. Also, the communal style tables don't really work. I predict a VERY SHORT LIFE for this restaurant. Don't bother, You want a good Studio City restaurant? Try Out Take, Spark or any number of great sushi restaurants.

Wow! This is just up the street from my house. I will definitely be checking it out soon. THANKS.

Nice report with plenty of good information. If Williams shared the burger recipe from Bradley Ogden, then I'll drive to Bokado tonight. That was probably the best burger I've ever eaten.


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