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Playa opens today on Beverly Boulevard

February 11, 2011 |  1:29 pm

Playa

Playa, chef John Sedlar's latest foray into modern Mexican cooking, opens today in the former Grace restaurant space on Beverly Boulevard. The menu is a mix of mostly small and a few big plates, all to share. You'll find more than a couple of Sedlar's maize cakes -- extra-thick, fresh-masa tortillas made with various spices, seeds and flowers, topped with, for example: fresh burrata, salsa verde, sal de Colima, amaranth and mojito mint olive oil; or a 63-degree egg with black trumpet mushrooms, truffle cheese and pan-seared potato; or pork belly confit with chile-lime jicama, mango pickles and raita espuma. 

Other dishes, which recall Sedlar's downtown restaurant Rivera, include grilled octopus with palm hearts and oven-dried cherry tomatoes; fideos of linguini caseros with saffron, caviar and fresno chiles; and chile-rubbed pork tenderloin with salsa verde, pea tendrils and manzana. Prices are $7 to $26. 

Don't skip dessert, such as the pastel cafe: mocha sponge with espresso creme, toffee honeycomb and Colombian chocolate ice cream. Meanwhile, cocktails -- currently emphasizing rum, tequila and cachaca -- are the creations of Rivera's Julian Cox. 

See more photos after the jump.

7360 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 933-5300. 

-- Betty Hallock

Photos: Betty Hallock

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