Congrats to Makani - Article in Forbes and Included in Time Out Best New LA Restaurants List

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December 17, 2018
"15 Best New Los Angeles Restaurants of 2018"
by Stephanie Breijo. View article here. 
TimeOut exerpt: 

There’s an electric energy at Makani, even on a weeknight. The trellised patio is packed, the seats around that beautiful horseshoe-shaped bar are full, and the dining room tables are piling up with Kevin Lee’s modernist Korean plates. The dishes are just as lively as the atmosphere, sprinkling chile threads and Thai peppers around crispy duck confit with kimchi fried rice, and chile de árbol into bowls of Manila clams. Lee’s cooking is an adventure, weaving in his Korean roots to bring us dishes like the heat-packing lamb and beef skewers, and the buttermilk fried pork ribs in a gochujang glaze.
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"The Best New Los Angeles Restaurant You've Never Heard Of"
by David Hochman. View article here
Forbes Exerpt: 
Makani gets my vote as L.A.'s most underrated restaurant opening of 2018. It baffles me that the Korean-flavored spot in Venice isn't popping up on more heat maps and best lists as we close out the culinary year. But so be it. It just means more deliciousness for those who are in on the secret.

Open since May in a gritty-chic corner of Rose Avenue (a street I think of as Abbot Kinney's introverted sister), the space was once home to Hostaria del Piccolo and Pono Burger. The latter's owner, Makani Carzino, gave license here to Korean-American chef Kevin Lee to go wild on a menu that boldly mixes traditional Seoul zing with SoCal freshness: Kimchi and fragrant Minari dropwort herbs blanket a whole fish. Braised beef tongue finds its bliss among curry leaves and tomatillo. A bowl clinking with tiny clams is spiced to the hilt with chili de árbol alongside chicharones. Definitely go here with friends rather than office mates because you'll want to share as many dishes as possible and not even think about work.

Lee arrived in the U.S. from Korea at age 16 and grew up in the kaleidoscopic food scene of the San Gabriel Valley. He learned his trade at Le Cordon Bleu and distinguished himself in the kitchens at Lazy Ox Canteen and Bäco Mercat before taking the 10 freeway west to Makani. I spoke to Lee about a dining experience worth seeking out before everybody else does.
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Andrea Heindel, Director of Special Events & Catering
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