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Bokado is open in Studio City

April 9, 2009 |  4:12 pm


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