@ChefBrock From Market to Komida, Konnichiwa Japanese Tacos

September 28, 2011

Yesterday, in talking with Best-of-the-Wurst German Food Vendor http://best-of-the-wurst.com/ at the Torrance Farmers’ Market, I learned about the Yamashiro Farmer’s Market. @YamashiroLA  http://lacityfarm.org/yamashiro.cfm “That restaurant above Magic Castle?” Yes, the very one. Reportedly last fall there was more of an Oktoberfest celebration there, but winds and chilly weather dissuaded organizers from holding one again this year. The prospect of a Farmers’ Market near my old Franklin Towers haunts piqued my interests.

According to the website for the L.A. City Farm:
“Every Thursday from April to September we host our weekly Farmers Market right here at Yamashiro. Open from 5-9pm we have a wide selection of vendors selling fresh produce, great wine, coffee, jewelry and unique cuisine. Our Executive Chef Brock Kleweno will also be serving his amazing fusion tacos from our Yamashiro Farmers Market Grill. Bring some friends, grab a drink and some food and enjoy Hollywood’s best evening Farmers’ Market while taking in the best view of Los Angeles.” (closing for the season on September 29, 2011)

Japanese tacos? Tell me more!

Grub Street writer Hadley Tomicki features Chef Kleweno @ChefBrock in today’s issue:


“The best thing to emerge from Yamashiro in years has been its seasonal farmers market, which allows for the hilltop restaurant’s sterling views without the commitment to dinner. The best taste to emerge from Yamashiro in years has to be the Japanese tacos of chef Brock Kleweno, who set up a small stand in the market for corn tortilla tacos filled with miso sake black cod, chicken satay, spiced hoisin duck confit, and soy and red wine braised short rib ($4-6), accompanied by salsas like a wasabi guacamole, ginger pico de gallo, and tequila salsa verde.

“Next Thursday, October 6, Kleweno will open Komida, a slightly more formal version of his Japanese taco stand, at Hollywood’s former H. Wood space for two nights each week, Thursdays 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and harking back to farmers market hours, Saturdays 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 p.m. (additional hours and days are being organized for November).”

On October 6, the Komida opening will be celebrated with original artwork by LA-based artist/author/illustrator bethany bARTon (looks really good on yfrog) and everyone who comes to the opening on Thursday and buys a taco before 8:30 p.m. will be entered into a drawing for three free Komida tacos every week for a year. Wow! Maybe this is a sign that Komida’s temporary location will last longer than a mirage in this city of drive-by architecture.

Komida, 1738 N Orange Dr. Hollywood.


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