Sirens Of The Sea
It’s no secret that in Los Angeles appearances are of utmost importance. Luckily, Italian newcomer Sirena has got the goods, boasting an aquatic aesthetic that begins with the bubble porthole windows at the entrance, encompasses the blue-walled depths of the candlelit interior, and culminates with the island oasis that is the verdant courtyard patio.
The oceanic theme carries through the menu too, with the seafood-focused cuisine from chef Sandy Gendel (formerly of Pace) working in harmony with the restaurant’s commitment to organic ingredients and local produce.
With an Alan Scott-designed wood-burning oven as the kitchen centrepiece, Sirena serves up delicacies like house-smoked salmon with wood-oven baked brioche, and Dungeness crab with Jerusalem artichoke to start, alongside a standout raw menu including Petrossian caviar and sea urchin crudo with risotto.
There’s fresh daily oven-fired lasagna with shrimp, sepia and butternut, pizza like the Freddo Taglio with clams, artichoke and chilli flakes, while the main event sees wild, salt-encrusted Mediterranean Branzino, dover sole from the Netherlands, and whole grilled lobster. The wine list is an ode to Italy, with chef sommelier Jeff Morgenthal focusing on labels from the Tre Venezie region, uniquely influenced by the neighbouring nations of Austria and Hungary. As the weather begins to warm up, spring for a table in the coveted courtyard for a perfectly sea-nic feast.