740 S Western Ave, #116
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Saint Marthaopens in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, bringing a new and novel dining destination to the already rich culinary neighborhood. Named for the patron saint of cooks and servants, Saint Martha comes from the team behind the iconicFarmer’sDaughter HotelandTARTrestaurant, includingExecutive Chef and Partner Nick Erven,General Manager andSommelier Mary Thompson,and Partners Jim Hustead,andEllen and Peter Picataggio. Opening in the modest setting of a neighborhood strip mall, the restaurant sits two blocks from the historic Wiltern Theater and just steps from the Wilshire/Western metro station, enjoying a central location within this burgeoning Los Angeles area. The beverage program-boasting over50 wines all available by the taste, glass, bottle, or piche-focuses exclusively on underappreciated regions and more obscure offerings, with a keen focus on options ideal for pairing with Erven’s modern American menu. Erven explains his cuisine as “rooted in European tradition and influenced by the melting pot that is Saint Martha’s Koreatown neighborhood.”
In addition to an optionalfive or seven-course Chef’s Tasting Menu, Saint Martha offers a range of Ã la carte items from fresh seafood and meats-prepared both cooked and “rawesome,” to farmers’ market vegetables and grains. Partner Ellen Picataggio collaborated with BAM. design lab for the restaurant’s design which features an exposed kitchen, industrial fixtures, open pantry, and original artwork alongside repurposed paintings purchased from the local Rose Bowl Flea Market.
Open for dinner six nights a week, with the kitchen serving until12 a.m.on Fridays and Saturdays, dishes includePecan Wood Smoked Brisketwith hoisin, tiny lettuce, and root vegetables;Santa Barbara Spot Prawn Tartarewith market melons, burnt orange oil, and pink salt; andBrassicaswith toasted brewer’s yeast, mushroom, and egg.