Like any restaurant that debuted in the second half of 2019, life at Yang’s Kitchen has been full of twists and turns. They opened with an all-day menu of modern Chinese-Angeleno food influenced by chef Chris Yang’s LA upbringing, then pivoted to takeout and pantry items before reopening for brunch last year and then, finally, re-started their dinner service in November 2022. After a few weeks of dinners, it is abundantly clear that it was worth the wait—the menu is fun and approachable, clever and creative, the perfect place for a casual, wine-friendly dinner with a small group. Start with a little bowl of Chex Mix dusted with furikake, maybe a serving of Chilled Tofu with Avocado and Roe, and some Smoked Fish Dip. Have a glass of natural wine from their tightly curated list, then add another app—a wedge of Grilled Cabbage with Bagna Cauda, maybe—before continuing to the main courses. The Campanelle pasta done in the style of Dan Dan noodles is an early hit, but it is hard to outshine the Hainan-style Fish Rice, featuring dry-aged Barramundi served with chili butter, ginger-scallion sauce, and pickles over a scoop of their luxurious chicken fat rice.
How to book: Reservations available through Yelp.