The Spa Insider Does dineLA at Hyatt Regency's unity la Restaurant
It's everyone's favorite time of year: dineLA! The annual exclusive dining series sponsored by American Express features a select group of the city's best restaurants that create special menus which are only available during the two-week period. It's a great way to discover some of the best food in Los Angeles.
We had the special opportunity to sample the dineLA menu at unity la restaurant, which is located at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Conveniently located less than a block away from the airport, the hotel makes for the perfect escape during a layover—long or short.
The award-winning restaurant serves Latin and Asian-inspired cuisine that highlights flavors from some of Los Angeles' most ethnically diverse neighborhoods, and their dishes are designed for sharing. In addition to the sit-down restaurant, there is also Unity Open Market, which offers four distinct stations that serve chef-made dishes and freshly made items to-go, as well as Unity Bar, which serves spirits from local distilleries, an array of wines, craft beers and unique cocktails.
The special summer menu for dineLA offers three courses, and each one features a selection of dishes that fuse various ethnic flavors from LA's famous neighborhoods for a quality dining experience. The menu has three options for the first two courses and two options for the dessert course.
For the first course, guests can choose from three dishes: California Green Salad, Scallops and Papaya Salad, or Charred Korean Sticky Ribs.
The California Green Salad was refreshing and flavorful with its fresh ingredients that include figs, toasted pistachios, goat cheese, dried cherries and herb vinaigrette. Sweet and savory!
We also enjoyed the Scallops and Papaya Salad, which is made with Togarashi-dusted scallop, green papaya, apple pear, mint, fish sauce and Thai chili for a bit of kick!
The third option for the first course is Charred Korean Sticky Ribs, which feature grilled short rib dusted in soy glaze kimchee aioli topped with scallion roasted peanuts.
Now onto the second course: the stir-fried Shaking Shrimp was bursting with flavor, loaded with onions, soy glaze, baby watercress, chili paste and garlic rice, while the wide rice Drunken Noodles complemented the dish perfectly with crisp tofu, Chinese broccoli, fried egg, dark soy, Thai basil and sprouts.
The third option for the second course was the Chili Braised Beef Short Rib, served with Cotija cheese, mashed potato, shaved radish, red onion, cilantro and barbacoa broth.
As always, we saved the best for last: dessert. The menu offers two delectable options, a Wild Strawberry Cheesecake topped with white chocolate, and a Churro Waffle dusted with cinnamon and sugar dust, and drizzled with Mexican caramel and vanilla gelato. It was hard to choose between the two, so we recommend getting both!
We completed our meal with coffee, which was served in delightfully nostalgic Mid-Century Modern cups and saucers. All in all, the food was delicious and the service was excellent. Each plate featured something unique and innovative with lots of flavor. unity la is the perfect place to grab a bite, whether you're on a quick layover or you're staying in town for a few days.
dineLA takes place July 13-27, and the menu is available daily from 5-10 p.m. Their dineLA three-course meal costs $39 (tax and gratuity not included).
Hyatt Regency LAX
6225 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90045
[Images courtesy of Hyatt Regency LAX, unity la and The Spa Insider]