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Getting My Fall Fix at Hinoki and the Bird.

By Maren Swanson • September 30th, 2016
The bar at Hinoki and the Bird.

Fall has arrived, or as I refer to it “faux fall,” (because it was 103 degrees in L.A. the other day!) and bars and restaurants throughout the city are rushing to change the seasonal tone of their menus to match the anticipated autumnal transition.

Even though it feels like the local weather isn’t matching its month yet, I still want my fall fix. I literally found it the other night at Hinoki and the Bird in Century City.

Fall Cocktails at Hinoki and the Bird in Los Angeles.
Gregory Westcott, head of the cocktail program at Hinoki and the Bird, has created a small collection of fall-inspired libations that will get you in the mood for October weather. His new drink list starts off with the Fall Fix, which allows the guest to pick their cocktail poison (gin, rum, vodka or tequila) mixed with confit pear, St. George pear brandy, baking spices and lemon. The beverage is topped with some star anise and the scent of spices will get your taste buds going before you even take first sip.

The Fall Fix Cocktail at Hinoki and the Bird.
The Miyagi Mule is a clever riff on the classic Moscow Mule. Westcott combines lemongrass and ginger steeped Tito’s vodka with cucumber wasabi boba. The boba is mixed with fresh wasabi root for a very subtle spice. Pour the cucumber plank of bouncy boba balls into your Mule and sip up the playful textures and citrusy flavors of the drink.

The Miyagi Mule Cocktail at Hinoki and the Bird.

Other cocktail standouts from the menu include The Looking Glass (Buffalo Trace bourbon, apple vanilla bean syrup, smoked hinoki apple) and Velvet Underground (Eagle Rare bourbon, banana tea, velvet falernum, toasted pecans bitters) – a great nightcap.

Hinoki and the Bird (patio) in Century City, CA.
The Looking Glass Cocktail at Hinoki and the Bird.
Velvet Undergound Cocktail at Hinoki and the Bird.

I always enjoy a snack with my drink and luckily, Westcott provided creative and edible garnishes for the new fall cocktails. The super thin apple slice on The Looking Glass is given a simple syrup wash and then baked and smoked with a tinge of fire before it takes its place on the rim of the glass.

Hamachi (Yellowtail), Melon, Cucumber @HinokiBird this dish was perfect. . . #foodart #forkyeah #instayum #indulge #hinokiandthebird #eeeeeats #foodart #foodie #bloggerlife #lovetoeat #food #delicious #beautiful #fresh #fish #sashimi #la #losangeles #love #art

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If you want a slightly more substantial snack, I recommend ordering the local yellowtail with summer melon and cucumber - it’s sashimi heaven. Oh, and don't forget about their happy hour!

Hinoki & the Bird Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hinoki & the Bird (Century City)

10 W Century Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90067

(310) 552-1200

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