Local Guide: Los Balcones, Studio City
If I had to pick one kind of client to work with for the rest of my life, it would be restaurants. (Ok, hotels too. But for the same exact reason.) They have it all: Graphic design/ branding, Interior design, food. Basically, SO MANY of the things I love + unlimited opportunities to focus on details, details, details through design and food.
Having written this now though, I feel a little bad for my other clients. Like I’m dismissing them or something. NOT AT ALL! Just think of it like choosing between and ice cream cone, and an ice cream cone dipped in chocolate. Obviously they’re both great, and you wouldn’t turn either down. Basically, there’s no wrong choice. One just has a little extra something something.
Ok. Now that we’ve gotten THAT cleared up, let’s talk about Los Balcones. This location- in Studio city- is their second one, but with a totally unique menu. It’s a blend of Peruvian and Spanish cuisine developed by chefs Polit Castillo and Ricardo Zarate. There are some truly inspired modern dishes including salmon tiradito or crudo, with beet leche de tigre, roasted baby beets, an orange miso, and gochujang powder. A six-hour slow-cooked short ribs with tomato, and traditional Tacu Tacu made with chickpea instead of rice and beans, with a sunny side egg. And Grilled Octopus, Anticucho BBQ with a Cauliflower Puree, Pickled Fennel, and Botija Olive Aioli
I had the pleasure of capturing some visual stories of the food, space and people recently, and thought I’d share the results here. Enjoy! (And DO check out the restaurant- The dishes and cocktails are inspired!)