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Small Bites: Lounge debuts at Akasha, more Hatchi series at Breadbar, the Mountain debuts in Idyllwild

September 23, 2009 |  7:34 am

Akasha Richmond, chef and owner of Akasha in Culver City

The Lounge at Akasha: Starting this weekend, Akasha will transform its bakery into a lounge on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The expanded bar menu includes fried chicken sliders with jalapeno coleslaw ($8), merguez sausage pizza ($14), Let's Be Frank hot dogs ($7) and more. The snacks are accompanied by a larger beer list that features Angel City Abbey Ale, Sam Smith Organic Lager and Allagash Curieux in a large bottle meant to be shared. Or not. And … for the month of September, happy hour pricing will apply on lounge nights. That means 50% off all cocktails, beers and wines by the glass. Akasha, 9543 Culver Blvd., Culver City. (310) 845-1700, www.akasharestaurant.com.

Hatchi Series: Chef Remi Lauvand (Citrus at Social, Miró, Sevilla, Montrachet) pops into Breadbar this Thursday as part of the Hatchi Guest Chef series. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. he'll present his Endless Summer menu: eight seasonally-inspired dishes, each priced at $8. Options include house-cured Tasmanian trout with a tarragon and lemon hatch pepper relish; foie "parfait" pain d’épices with mission figs; handmade farfalle with octopus, chicken oysters and tomatoes; a crisp pork belly salad with parsnips and a jalapeno sauce; a goat cheese and pear crepe; and more. Minimum order, three dishes. Breadbar Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A. (310) 277-3770, www.breadbar.net.

Slow Food for a Slow Town: With the slogan "No can openers, microwaves or deep fryers in our kitchen," slow-food restaurant the Mountain turned 1 month old Sunday. Chef Brian Ayers' menu of market- and farm-fresh dishes includes truffled artichoke soup, brown butter roasted veal sweetbreads with bacon, shave celeriac, house made pâté seasoned with cognac, spicy lamb loin and more. On Sept. 30, Mountain will be open for a special winemakers' dinner featuring five courses of small plates paired with five Chilean wines from Koyle Vineyards. $65 per person; reservations required. The Mountain, 26290 Idyllwild Road (Hwy 243), Idyllwild. (951) 659-1974, www.themountainrestaurant.com.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Akasha Richmond, chef and owner of Akasha. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times