Larry Gagosian, art dealer and gallery owner “Sushi Sasabune serves A-plus omakase sushi and, while it is literally a hole in the wall, the food is just unbelievable. LA does unassuming sushi bars in shopping malls very well, but this one is above and beyond.” 11917 Wilshire Boulevard (+1310-478 3596; trustmesushi.com).
Lee Broom, furniture and lighting designer “The last meal that truly impressed me was the tasting menu at Providence. From start to finish, nothing disappointed. It was mostly Japanese-inspired seafood, although the last dish before dessert was wagyu beef – four slices with jus; delicious. It was quite a stark interior, and all the waiters were dressed like businessmen – it’s as if they had walked straight off Wall Street – and there were dozens of them. The service was incredible.” 5955 Melrose Avenue (+1323-460 4170; providencela.com).
Wolfgang Puck, chef and restaurateur “I often go to Angelini Osteria on Sunday evenings. I love the branzino cooked in a salt crust with a good bottle of Barolo. In truffle season it has an incredible white-truffle pizza.” 7313 Beverly Boulevard (+1323-297-0070; angeliniosteria.com).
Christina Kim, Dosa founder and designer “Woodspoon does Brazilian street food from a region called Minas Gerais, which has European and African influences. It’s a calm white space with wooden tables and has simple but delicious dishes like house-made sausage and scrambled eggs. The chef also does a special brunch on Saturdays.” 107 West 9th Street (+1213-629 1765; woodspoonla.com).
John Varvatos, menswear designer “Dan Tana’s is a great place for dinner. It’s not gourmet but is an old-school Italian. It’s just the kind of classic restaurant you go to for great conversation and fun with friends.” 9071 Santa Monica Boulevard (+1310-275 9444; dantanasrestaurant.com).