The block along Spring Street from 8th to 9th is on fire. Just this one block in the Fashion District is home to four new stand-out eateries that are either open or in the works including: Parish (now open), Crane, Terroni, and now Peking Tavern. The new upscale Chinese gastropub, inspired by northern cuisine from Beijing, will be built out in the basement of the NCT Lofts building adjacent to Crane, which will also be underground. Yes, both will be directly underneath the Italian restaurant Terroni.
Andrew Wong and Andrew Chiu (with their company El Guapo) are behind the new Peking Tavern, which is billed as “Beijing street food and a killer bar.” The new Chinese concept will have food served tapas style (dine-in and take-out options) and is a welcome addition to Downtown LA’s new restaurants, which have been predominately Euro-influenced cuisine.
Expect to have a menu consisting of familiar northern Chinese dishes such as pork and cabbage with leek dumplings and pot stickers, spicy beef soup with handmade noodles, za jiang mein, beef rolls consisting of thinly sliced braised beef shank with Hoisin sauce, as well as scallion pancakes.
Construction has not yet begun, but the new Chinese gastropub should arrive in the first or second quarter of 2013.