Bavel Bestia Chef's Middle Eastern Hotspot

When people ask us where to eat in L.A., our first answer is always Bavel. Dynamic duo Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis, the husband and wife behind the Italian hotspot Bestia, opened a second restaurant, this time paying homage to their Middle Eastern roots. The flavors here are on fire, literally, thanks to the wood-burning oven. From the lamb neck shawarma to the oyster mushroom kebab to the nduja hummus and pita, this is some of the punchiest food in L.A. You need to have a plate of the life-changing grilled prawns on your table, and the malawach – a buttery, layered bread served with dill crème fraîche, aged egg, and strawberry zhoug. Bavel is likely to be booked a few months in advance, but you can always walk in and order the full menu at the bar.

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Bavel's grilled prawns with harissa marinade, cured zucchini and cucumber tzatziki, herbs, and lime.
Bavel’s grilled prawns with harissa marinade, cured zucchini and cucumber tzatziki, herbs, and lime.
Oyster Mushroom Kebab – wood-grilled mushrooms, stinging nettle purée, and sumac.
Oyster Mushroom Kebab – wood-grilled mushrooms, stinging nettle purée, and sumac.

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