L.A. has never been strong on authentic Spanish restaurants, but that looks to change with casual wine bar Smoke.Oil.Salt. With an eye to recreating the wine-friendly seafood and meats of Spain, former TV and music exec Stephen Gelber partnered with Umami Burger’s Adam Fleischman and Valencia-born chef Perfecto Rocher to hatch the flavorful spot in the former Angeli space. Even humble spring onions get a blast of smoky soul from the fragrant wood-burning oven, while ham, cheese and pork comes directly from Spain. Rocher plans paella nights on Sundays and Mondays.
Eat: Artichoke omelet with Meyer lemon aioli, fried potatoes with Serrano ham and fried egg, smoked octopus
Drink: Spanish cava, Albarino, Tempranillo and Garnacha wines
Smoke.Oil.Salt, 7274 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 323.930.7900
(pictured, Stephen Gelber, left, Perfecto Rocher, right)