HAPPENINGText: Jonathan Velardi

Of course, Monkey Town Los Angeles doesn’t only feed the eyes. A four- and five-course menu composed by Momofuku alumnus Nick Montgomery makes sure not all the attention is skyward. With thirteen years behind them, the evening unsurprisingly operates like a well-oiled machine with effortless kitchen-to-table service. The five-course menu, which includes a wine pairing for each dish, mirrors the diversity of the video artworks with a medley of ingredients for full sensory effect.


A lightly cured Hamachi appetizer of kohlrabi, cilantro and tangy yuzu dashi prepares the palette for succulent baby zucchini and heirloom tomatoes tossed in wakame salad. Handmade gnocchi à la ‘Tirolesi’ made of butter and cheese in a rich Berkshire pork ragout with cauliflower, almonds and ricotta salad is followed by an elegant dish of braised short rib with roasted radish and shallots. The evening draws to a close with a Toasted Rice Custard dessert in a melange of strawberries and shiso topped with sesame brittle.


An interval of the projections allows for a bonus course – a curated program of live performances performed either inside the cube or in the 10,000-square feet warehouse. The program operates a weekly residency, with artists and musicians on rotation. Recording artists Rachel Mason, Weyes Blood and musician Paz Lenchantin join contemporary performance artists Lex Brown, Jeepneys et al for this concert – and museum-worthy line-up.

Monkey Town Los Angeles
Date: June 1 – October 15, 2016
Address: 111 W 21st Street, Los Angeles 90007

Text: Jonathan Velardi
Photos: Monkey Town Los Angeles
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