Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 4.32.38 PMLong-time Los Angeles resident Pascale Rothman has given us her list of her top ten restaurants in Los Angeles.

Philanthropist, entrepreneur  and CEO of UEvolution Mind and body Sculpting, Pascale Rothman created her unique and exclusive boutique health and wellness fitness center and spa in Downtown Los Angeles as a place of empowerment.   “One day it dawned on me that we needed a new kind of gym; one that not only got you in shape on the outside, but on the inside, too.” UEvolution is meant to inspire each member to reach a healthy synthesis of nutritious eating, maximized fitness, inner wellness, as well as outer awareness of the community at large.

Highly dedicated to her humanitarian efforts, Ms. Rothman commits her free time raising funds and awareness for several local and International charities including: CAST LA, The Coalition to Abolish Human Trafficking and Slavery, The Midnight Mission’s Health and Wellness Program and Project LACE, Loving Abandoned Children Everywhere.  Last year, she also opened O Asie, the first Southeast Asian restaurant in Bastia, Corsica and she is currently working on expanding to several restaurant  locations throughout Corsica. For more information on Pascale Rothman and UEvolution, please visit them on the web at

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Located in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, the Italian offerings by Executive Chef Ori Menashat are quite simply and sublime.  Make sure and reserve well in advance for dinner as they are booked solid, and do not skip dessert.


Unquestionably,  the very best sushi in Los Angeles–Located in Little Tokyo,  if you are looking for designer rolls, dripping in eel sauce, then this is not the right place for you.  Sushi Gen is simple and traditional, serving the very highest quality of fish that I have ever tasted.


The Bazaar is quite simply a magical experience.  Specializing in “Molecular Gastronomy”, the Spanish tapas exceeds whimsical gourmet.  Try their version of a “Philly Cheesesteak”, the “Not Your Everyday Caprésé” and the LN2 Caipirinha which is frozen table side with liquid nitrogen, creating a cocktail that you can eat with a spoon.


I grew up in Paris, and Melisse is by far my favorite French cuisine restaurant in town.  The service is impeccable and they provide a curated pre-fix menu which will simply take your breath away.  If you are looking for a place to go for a very special occasion, then look no further as Melisse is it.


Another Italian addition to  Downtown Los Angeles with truly sensational food.  Their pasta dishes are extraordinary and the 24 month aged Parma prosciutto with lightly fried sage dough and  stracciatella cannot be missed!


If the preparation of Japanese food is an art form, then Chef Nobu is unquestionably Picasso.   The plating of his magnificent food is as beautiful as the taste;  Matsuhisa is an experience not to be missed.


Another addition to the Downtown Los Angeles foodie scene, Alma offers a pre-fix tasting menu inspired by ingredients grown in their own garden.  Chef Ari Taymor offers seasonal farm to table New American fare which is absolutely mind-blowing.


I live in Marina Del Rey, and Paiche is for sure my favorite spot in my neighborhood.  It is Peruvian Izakaya, specializing in an assortment of incredible sashimi style ceviches and Peruvian fare.   Delicious!


This West Hollywood foodie paradise is just plain FUN!  An uber hip scenester spot with eclectic menu offerings including “Lobster Pop Tarts” and “South Side Short Ribs”.  The perfect venue for a girls night out!


Egg Slut was formerly a roaming LA food truck that now has a counter at the Grand Central Market.  They only offer a handful of egg based breakfast sandwiches and their signature “Slut”, which is a coddled egg on top of creamy potato purée, poached in a glass jar.  Sooooo good!

What is your favorite restaurant in Los Angeles?

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