Refined dining that reflects the multicultural mecca of our city, procuring and producing a menu to match; it is a feat of culinary creativity and excellence. Mix in a mega talented team, a Chef with a multitude of Michelin’s under his belt, a sommelier with a French Laundry and Restaurant at Meadowood repertoire, and a desire to make their collective mark in a village ripe for resuscitation. Fellow has found its rightful home, in Westwood.
This place. For starters, it is connected to an art gallery, we’ll circle back on that. Secondly, the accolades that laude Executive Chef Chris Flint are a little too impressive to swallow, if only they didn’t taste so phantasmagorical. The man seems to collect stars (Michelin, New York Times) like there is no other option but to do so. With an Eleven Madison Park, The NoMad, and Maude repertoire, his prodigious pedigree is primed for this arrival. By the time that I arrived to review Fellow, it had already received its own Michelin recognition, featured as one of the top ten up and coming California restaurants in 2021. Like I said. Like there is no other way.
I first experienced the magic of Sommelier Scott Lester in Napa Valley, when he poured at The Restaurant at Meadowood, an experience I anticipated only once in a lifetime. So to see him again in Westwood, following his terms at The French Laundry and Eleven Madison Park? It was a bit of a moment. This man wins awards for his wine programs. Reason to fan geek out.
Inside Fellow, it’s a whole synthesis of gorgeous. In the old Mustache Café space, and the Jurgensen’s Market before that (think prehistoric Erewhon), a half dome ceiling, century old brick, modern installations beneath deco lighting (love the Stevie Wonder), back to back olive and sapphire booths, and a wall’s worth of green apple banquettes. The scene, the art, the inspiration and the fun, is all very much at play.
Nicole was our waitress. She was fun and fabulous and knew answers to questions we didn’t have to ask.
Onto the main event. If a picture says a thousand words, then what do you say about a meal that echoes art in every sense, to every sense? How many words is that? The aesthetic elevations rise to a level met only by the locally sourced everything, the sustainable everything else. How the lobster, leeks, turnip and vanilla sing, the ricotta gnudi with the summer squash, and tomatoes, the Hamachi crudo that can make you cry. It all tells a visual tale of Chef Flint’s European explorations. Take a deep stare into the roasted carrots with mushrooms atop forbidden rice and miso puree, you might just see the stained glass of European cathedrals. They say art imitates life. Enjoy, imbibe, and enrapture, my friends. Nothing here is imitation. Some of those bites were downright biblical.
And the wine. Over two thousand selections, all masterfully selected, paired, and meticulously masterminded. Ambitious doesn’t even begin. Oenophiles, wine nerds, or aspirers of either, welcome home.
Little plates make sharing and sampling a symphony. Bring your friends who are not shy about humming along.
The caliber of collaboration is once again, an eminence of excellence, where the visual and culinary arts intermingle magnificently. With the restaurant connected to Path Galleries, the resultant artists hub, whether your palate is the plate or the canvas, is nothing accidental. Nor is the nod to creativity and savour with every turn. You will feast with your eyes, your tongue, your taste. Fellow is yet another Philip Camino fine dining firework.
Fellow, 1071 Glendon Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90024, United States.
Tel: +1(310) 208-1071
Located in Westwood Village via Wilshire Boulevard. Both valet and street parking is available, plus there is a parking lot just one block from the restaurant. Fellow is open for dinner from Wednesday through Saturday from 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
Type of Restaurant: Modern American Fine Dining
Price Band: High
Insider Tip: The restaurant is connected to an art gallery – it’s the only way to enter the space. The gallery is intended to be part of the full experience, allot time.
This is a high-end, get dressed, special occasion restaurant. It will feel that way start to finish.
Reviewer’s Rating: 9/10
Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles.
Photographs courtesy of Fellow