WEST HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA
This Melbourne-born international DJ-turned-hospitality-star brought together his passions for music and food at rooftop bar and restaurant, E.P. & L.P. on the corner of Melrose Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard. See eplosangeles.com; visitwesthollywood.com
Norah is a seriously good local restaurant that is light and fun, and on weekends, it often has jazz happening. The ancient grain pancakes are pretty delicious as is the breakfast sandwich – I mean what else do you need when you combine sausage, egg and cheese with a deadly hangover? Oh, that's right ... a mimosa?
Alternatively, if you're looking for a solid coffee and atmosphere to match, you can't go past Alfred in the original Melrose Place location. You might have seen their famous "But First Coffee" slogan everywhere. Do yourself a favour and grab a macchiato from here. If you feel like spoiling yourself get the $10 Alfred Cone – an espresso served in a chocolate-lined cone.
Paramount Coffee Project on Fairfax is Aussie-owned and does a seriously good smashed avo. The coffee is excellent, too, as is the pastry selection.
Raku is a small Japanese restaurant on La Cienega that, funnily enough, came to us here in West Hollywood from Las Vegas. Everything is very authentic, with super-fresh produce on display. I tend to go for the lunch specials including the teriyaki Chilean sea bass bento box, which comes with asparagus wrapped in bacon, uni, sashimi, miso and a dessert, all for $US26.
Happy hour at Cecconi's – you can't go wrong. It's an institution on Melrose and between 3pm and 6pm, you'll get some of the best value in town, be it a $US5 pizzetta of porchetta, fontina and mushroom or a $US3 Peroni. I defy you to find a better value proposition – with great people-watching to boot.
The relative newcomer on the street is Rosaline, but what a newcomer it is. Chef Ricardo Zarate has defined a lot of the Peruvian dining culture in LA and I tend to gravitate towards everything wood-grilled on the menu – the prawns, simply grilled with lime, pea and garlic are delicious, as is the farroz con mariscos (a selection of seafood with rice). Come hungry.
You can't go past E.P. & L.P. with our uninterrupted views of the Hollywood Hills and an energetic vibe from 5pm until 2am. Jump straight into a Where Love Lives, our signature mezcal spicy tequila cocktail. Pro tip – come early Thursday to Sunday as there can be a line from 9pm onwards.