Kismet Fate, Flaky Bread, and Middle Eastern Food in Hollywood

One of the places we keep going back to in L.A. is Kismet. It’s a Turkish restaurant from female chef team Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson with healthy-ish food that is packed with flavor. They serve a lot of different marinated vegetables and greens, but our favorite dish is their “flaky bread,” the Middle Eastern malawach – a laminated dough that’s almost like roti in terms of thickness, layered like a croissant and super buttery. You can choose to have it served with sweet or savory sides, either with a soft-boiled egg, labneh, and tomato, or with honey, preserved lemon, and labneh. The off-menu fried chicken schnitzel sandwich is an absolute beast, with two pieces of thick, buttery brioche wrapping the chicken in a sweet, sweet hug. There’s some kind of aioli, some olive oil, and the perfect amount of acidity from a few pickles and veggies. Oh, and did we mention they have a great natural wine list?

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Kismet's "flaky bread" with a soft-boiled egg, labneh, and tomato.
Kismet’s “flaky bread” with a soft-boiled egg, labneh, and tomato.
The off-menu fried chicken schnitzel sandwich.
The off-menu fried chicken schnitzel sandwich.
Two pieces of buttery brioche, fried chicken, aioli, olive oil, pickles, and veggies.
Two pieces of buttery brioche, fried chicken, aioli, olive oil, pickles, and veggies.
What a beast of a sandwich!
What a beast of a sandwich!

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