Spotlight on Atwater’s Ozu East owner; Is Button Mash the future of Echo Park dining?; Dream Collective’s Super Sale in Silver Lake


In an interview with Los Angeles Magazine, Ozu East Kitchen owner Paul Yi shares what inspired him to leave his career as a film producer to become the owner of the recently opened Pan-Asian restaurant in Atwater Village. Apparently, Yi discovered his culinary talent on a small island in Thailand, where he stayed with a family who taught him how to make Thai curry. Through the years, he fine-tuned his palate while on business trips to Asia. Yi brings it all together at Ozu East Kitchen, where one of his favorite dishes include Kimchi Udon Shrimp, noodles in kimchi cream topped with spam, rock shrimp and watercress. Ozu East Kitchen is located on the 3200 block of Glendale Boulevard in Atwater Village.

In other Shopper & Diner news:

  • Little Dom’s celebrates its eighth birthday with eight-cent martinis starting Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 5:30 p.m., reports Eater LA. Soak up the booze with Little Dom’s Homemade Linguine Carbonara, Gnocchi Fritto, Meatballs or wood-oven pizzas. It seems as if Little Dom’s has started their own birthday tradition, since the Italian-American restaurant celebrated its birthday last year with seven-cent martinis. Little Dom’s is located on the 2100 block Hillhurst Avenue in Los Feliz.
  • Button Mash maybe the new face of Echo Park’s dining scene, at least according to LA Weekly. The combination of nostalgic video games and Starry Kitchen’s menu may have tapped into what the neighborhood is really craving.
  • Dream Collective designer Kathryn Bentley is hosting what she has named “The Big One” – a sale in Silver Lake with prices marked down as low as $10 for her intricately crafted jewelry, reports Racked LA. Apparel, accessories, shoes (sold out) and select ceramics are also marked down by 50 percent.

Cecilia Padilla-Brill is a communications writer and journalist. She writes news, health, education and feature stories. Cecilia is currently working on her first novel. She has lived in Echo Park since 1999

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