When husband-and-wife restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan (Huckleberry, Rustic Canyon Winebar and Seasonal Kitchen, to name a few) dined at the now-shuttered The Spice Table in Downtown L.A. several years ago,
they got more than the standout meal they had hoped for. “[Owners] Bryant and Kim [Ng] weren’t even there that night and it still had the same feeling of warmth and generosity,” explains Loeb. So when Loeb and Nathan landed on the ideal space for their latest endeavors in downtown Santa Monica, the pair approached the Ngs to join forces on a Southeast Asian restaurant concept. The result is Cassia, the Westside’s buzziest new brasserie-inspired dining destination, which harnesses many of the beloved flavors chef and co-owner Bryant honed at The Spice Table (kaya toast, grilled pig’s tail) alongside his modern take on French staples. Nathan also lends her talents to the mix alongside co-pastry chef Laurel Almerinda on sweet finishes including a Vietnamese coffee pudding. Enjoy a nightcap at Esters, Loeb and Nathan’s new neighboring wine bar and shop venture, in partnership with Kathryn and Tug Coker. 1314 7th St., S.M., 310‑393-6699; cassiala.com.
Written by Leslie McKenzie.
PHOTOS: Rick Poon.