David Myers

Chef, Restaurateur

Los Angeles

Chef David Myers is chef and owner of several restaurants around the world, including Comme Ça in Los Angeles and Las Vegas and Pizzeria Ortica in Costa Mesa, Calif. His first restaurant, Sona, received critical acclaim in Los Angeles until it closed in 2010. Before launching David Myers Group that same year, Myers worked for both Charlie Trotter and Daniel Boulud, as well as chef Gerard Boyer at Les Crayères in France. Myers opened two restaurants in Tokyo in late 2010: SOLA by David Myers, a high-end patisserie, and the California-inspired David Myers Café. Myers opened a second SOLA in Isetan Shinjuku in 2011, and two more outposts in Tokyo in 2012. His most recent project, Hinoki & The Bird, opened in L.A. in 2013.

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    What are David Myers’ favorite bars in Los Angeles?

    That would be The Varnish where Eric Alperin is the bartender. Any bar he works at is great. He has perfect ice. It’s just spectacular across the board.
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    What are David Myers’ favorite Italian restaurants in Los Angeles?

    Piccolo is one. It’s kind of hidden by the beach. Ado is another great one. The space has been a string of restaurants but they’re the only guys who’ve really made it work. They just put a candle on the table and have a couple of really phenomenal servers who know what they’re doing and love Italian food and wine. You just go and it feels like you’re transported. It’s distinctly an Italian restaurant but you’re at the beach and it just feels good.
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    What are David Myers’ favorite Los Angeles brunch spots?

    Gjelina is my go-to place. It’s in my neighborhood and I like the chef Travis Lett — he does an incredible job. The food is all from the farmers market. Every time you eat there, not only do you feel like this is great food, you feel like you’re doing your body good.
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    What are David Myers’ favorite hotels in Los Angeles?

    I like Casa del Mar by the beach. It’s a fun hotel and has good rooms. I like Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, the classic. It’s a great place to go hangout. I’d say those are my top two.
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    What is David Myers’ favorite time of the year in Los Angeles?

    I love the wintertime because the tourists leave the beach, which is great. I live very close to the beach and it’s quiet in the winter. The air is crisper and cleaner. It’s just so clear because of the rain and the winds — it’s just spectacular. The nice, beautiful sunny days and cool crisp nights are perfect for a fire.
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    What are David Myers’ favorite things to do in Los Angeles?

    Getting to the beach in Venice or Santa Monica early morning is a must, just to see the sun come up. The way the sun hits the mountains toward Malibu is pretty spectacular. I live in Venice so I’m definitely a beach guy. The whole area in Venice is really up-and-coming with some smart boutiques and really great restaurants that I think are really very much driven by that California market type of food. The beauty of L.A., in general, is you can go to the ocean, you can go to the mountains, you can go to the desert. You can hit a number of different areas that are pretty inspiring. Taking an incredible hike in Malibu where you can see the entire city at the same time is pretty remarkable.
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    What does David Myers always travel with?

    I’m about going as minimal as possible when I travel because after many years of trial and error and being a terrible packer, I’ve gotten it down now to literally just one bag no matter how long I’m gone. On the plane I’m definitely an iPad guy. I download tons of books, magazines, movies and music. I have everything on my iPad. I find myself reading books the whole flight now. I’m also catching up on work, and I carry an eye mask and earplugs so I can go to sleep. There are some incredible oils called Shigeta, which are made in Paris but developed by a Japanese lady. They have got these different collections and I love to use them because they’re very relaxing on the plane and they help you go to sleep. And BOSE noise-canceling headphones are a must.
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    What is the best trip David Myers has ever taken?

    I just got back from a big research trip for a new restaurant and I have to say that Saigon and Ho Chi Minh were real highlights. I hit 12 restaurants a day—and when I say restaurants, I mean street-side stalls. I was there with one of my former chefs that I’d worked with who lives there. He’s Vietnamese and gave me a tour. I got to see Vietnam in a way I’d never seen it before. I’d been there before but I’d never experienced it like a local. We rode motorbikes and he took me to a cool Japanese bar in the middle of Saigon, which is unheard of. I got a whole range of what living there is like. We went on a pho tour one day and they start at 9 a.m. and the first shop we hit, which was one of his favorites, closes at 10 a.m. and turns into another restaurant. So from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. it has some of the best pho in the city. So that was a pretty spectacular trip all the way around. From getting your ears cleaned at a hot tocs — it’s a barbershop — to eating at different street-side stalls or restaurants, whether you’re going for grilled chicken at one, or barbecued seafood at another or dessert somewhere else, each one has a reason why you go.
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    What does David Myers bring back from his travels?

    In Tokyo, I love getting glassware, incense or tea that’s specifically from there and not sold in the market in the U.S. And you know, I have a nice collection of some really unique glasses for wine or spirits or sake from Tokyo. In other countries whether it’s Indonesia, I like to get handmade things that I can decorate with that are more on the spiritual side and are very much a part of the culture. In New York, I just shop. I like to look for the small boutique stores. I think Japan has the best socks. They’re handmade, they’ve got split toe, and it’s just fun you can only find that in Japan.
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    What does David Myers look for when he’s dining out during his travels?

    When I’m traveling internationally, I look for something that’s authentic to the culture and has an incredible reputation for food and service. So when in Barcelona, Spain, I want to find the best tapas places like Tapas 24. In New York, I tend to go out and see the newest, hottest restaurants with up-and-coming chefs who are really pushing the envelope. I want to check out chefs who have a lot of drive and want to do something significant. Sometimes I just want to go to my favorite neighborhood place. I like to get a glass of wine or a quick bite. It doesn’t always have to be some big, programmed meal.
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    What are David Myers' favorite restaurants?

    Sunny Spot in Los Angeles. The slow-roasted goat here is a great example of one of the country’s most underutilized (and up and coming) meats. The Diablo prawns are spicy and satisfying, with a hint of glazed rum. Also, Son of a Gun in L.A. Jon and Vinny’s infamous shrimp toast sandwich is as good as everyone says (maybe better). The Apple Pan has the original great burger in L.A. and has been around since 1947. The space has a classic vibe and the people behind the counter have been working there forever. You feel like you get a bit of history when you eat there. Toritama Isibu is the best yakatori in Tokyo. They also specialize in rare and unique parts of the chicken. The ambiance is super cool, with burned cedar décor and jazz music playing. It’s very local and traditional and their staff is super friendly. It’s hard not to make it a weekly dining destination. A trip to Singapore wouldn’t be complete without stopping in at East Coast Seafood Centre for chili crab and cold Tiger Beer. Arashiyama Kitcho is an iconic restaurant in Kyoto and you can only get to it by boat. It perfectly exemplifies a place where nature meets food. Their techniques and traditional ways of crafting their dishes is truly art. No other dining experience can make you feel rejuvenated as one here.
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    What are David Myers’ favorite hotels?

    I love the Park Hyatt in Tokyo. The service is unparalleled and truly exceptional. It’s located in Shinjuku and has stunning views of all of greater Tokyo. When you’re up on the very top floors seeing Tokyo at night it’s pretty spectacular. They have a bar there featured in Lost in Translation. It’s a really fun bar with a lot of expats and Japanese people so there’s a good mix of cultures. They have live jazz typically, which is fantastic. If I lived there, I would go for a staycation right in the hotel.
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    What are David Myers’ favorite cities?

    Tokyo is at the top of the list. I absolutely love to go there — it’s great on all fronts, from the food, the accommodations, shopping, and cultural sites. All the things you look for in a good destination, Tokyo has for me from an urban front. So I absolutely love Tokyo. I could live there.

    I love Ho Chi Minh. Again as a chef, it’s a great food destination and I love to get away there. You can eat obsessively and it’s very inexpensive, not to mention culturally it’s just a lot of fun. To feel the energy and vibrancy of Ho Chi Minh and in that climate, it’s really exciting.

    I also love Bali, specifically Ubud. Ubud to me is a great getaway for meditation, relaxation and unwinding. I love that. You can also head out to the airport and stop off around Kuta, which has some of the best surf spots in the world.

    I travel domestically for work all the time and I’m in New York constantly. Brooklyn is very exciting as a food destination — it’s really getting up to par with Manhattan. San Francisco is always a great place because it has so many great restaurants and the markets there are just fantastic. I’m constantly in Vegas — it’s a quick destination, just 45 minutes from L.A. It’s very relaxing to me actually. You can go to the pool, gamble, eat great food, and have some drinks — all while going 24 hours a day.