Small bites: Pourtal does lunch, LGO wine tasting, dim sum at XINO
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar is now serving lunch. Wednesday through Sunday come enjoy lunch along with a glass of wine. Pourtal’s new lunch menu is offering: goat cheese and berry salad, lamb kofta, cheese flatbread, lamb gyros, and pork belly. 104 Santa Monica Blvd.; (310)393-7693; pourtal.com.
Toast of the coast, LGO wine tasting night. On Aug. 16, La Grande Orange is hosting an evening of wine tasting. Come try 25 West Coast wines for $25. Appetizers will be passed around to go along with the wine. All featured wines can also be purchased at the event. Don’t worry if you miss this month’s wine tasting because it will be back in September. 2000 Main St.; (310)396.9145; lagrandeorangesm.com.
Dim sum and then some at XINO Restaurant. Along with the re-opening of the Santa Monica Place on Aug. 6, XINO Restaurant is opening as well and bringing innovative Chinese dishes and dim sum. Try kung pao chicken lollipops, live crab and lobster prepared three different ways, Peking duck, taro puff dim sum with ground pork, mushroom dumplings with truffle oil. 395 Santa Monica Place; (310)755-6220; xinorestaurant.com.
-- Amanda Gottesman
Photo: Pourtal's Enomatic wine display. Credit: Jim Pease