photo by Frank Won Ho Lee

Nightshade is tucked into a DTLA Arts District alley once known for its abundant graffiti. It’s a loft-like space with high ceilings and cool marble countertops, softened by green velour banquettes and ivy cascading from suspended planters. Bravo’s 2014 “Top Chef,” Mei Lin, crafts dishes rooted in her Asian-American upbringing mashed up with other international favorites, like five-spice pork schnitzel, and squid ink tagliatelle with a “bolognese” made with cuttlefish and gochujang. Diana Lee’s wine list is small and precise, with unusual whites like robola from Gentilini in Kefalonia, and lighter reds, such as L’Insurgé, a gamay from Jérémy Quastana in the Loire. There’s even a May wine-inspired Meiwine, made by Union Wine Co., a riesling infused with litchi, lemongrass, hibiscus and black tea.

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923 E. Third St, Ste. 109, Los Angeles, CA, Los Angeles, California


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