Raphael Restaurant has done away with entrees.
For the most part, they are going the way of Spago and offering smaller, tastier and remarkably beautiful dishes. The meals are just as filling, just smaller and offering more of a variety.
The small plates are meant to be shared, family style.
"It is a trend in the restaurant business, and we are trying it out," said Arnon Raphael, who has lived in the area for three decades. His family is all involved. His daughter Shoshana, and his son, Alon, are Studio City natives as well and went to schools locally, such as Carpenter Elementary school, Walter Reed Middle School and Campbell Hall. His wife, Terry, designed the interior and put up a Green Wall filled with herbs and other plants from her garden.
The restaurant also has an Easter brunch and a Gluten-free menu (see attached in the PDFs file).
Small plates include Brussel Sprouts sweet, sour, salty, inspired by Momofuku ($9), grilled artichoke ($10) and more. The Medium plates include crispy pig ears, over-easy fried egg, sriracha aioli ($12) and quail, carrot, maitake mushrooms, truffle ($16).
Their larger items such as wild boar ragu, house-made pappardelle, parmesan ($15), 48 hr. rib steak, tomato, garlic, thyme, arugula ($12) and salmon, champagne, braised leeks, fines herbs ($18) are still classic staples.
Check out the new menus and the Easter day special.