Stories about Bavel

Saffy's, another blockbuster from the Bestia and Bavel team

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • September 9, 2022

wife, pastry chef Genevieve Gergis, opened Bavel in the Arts District in 2018, six years after the launch of their nearby Italian blockbuster Bestia. Restaurant chef-owners Ori Menashe, left, and Genevieve Gergis, right, named Saffy’s for their daughter

, Saffron. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times) Menashe’s talents with the dish have a fresh platform at Saffy’s, the couple’s new kebab and small plates restaurant in East Hollywood named for their daughter Saffron. As at Bavel, Saffy’s menu lists two hummus

Take-Out Tip of the Day: Bavel and Bestia Are Making Family Meals To-Go

Hailey Eber • Los Angeles Magazine • March 24, 2020

There’s a bright spot on this bleak Tuesday. Beloved restaurants Bestia and Bavel have announced that they will be starting curbside takeout Wednesday. ‪Both of chefs Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis’s restaurants will offer family-style diners for

two to six people at $49 per person. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Bavel Restaurant (@baveldtla) on Mar 23, 2020 at 9:07pm PDT ‪Menus will change weekly. This week from Bestia, the meal includes house-cured meats, marinated olives, house

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L.A. special occasion takeout and delivery recommendations

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • April 15, 2020

District. (Bill Addison / Los Angeles Times) Bavel/Bestia It is surreal, when picking up meals from either of Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis’ Arts District restaurants, to peer into their emptiness. These dining rooms have been among the most consistently

raucous draws in Los Angeles. People are still clamoring. The couple’s family-style meals (packaged for two, four or six people at $49 per person) usually sell out weekly; check early in the week to reserve. Bavel whirls together Israeli, Egyptian

Auburn    Bavel    Bestia    Bon Temps    Broken Spanish    The Brothers Sushi    Cassia    Crustacean    Dialogue    Pasjoli    Felix    n/naka    Shunji    Vaca    Vespertine   

An almost vegan food crawl in L.A. with Theo Rossi

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • March 3, 2023

Theo Rossi is a pita bread and hummus connoisseur. The actor deems the pita and hummus at Bavel in the Arts District downtown to be among the best he’s ever tasted. He should know — he eats some form of the bread-and-dip duo every day. Rossi, who

dabbles in credit card fraud. 5:03 p.m. Bavel Sitting at a table in the middle of the bustling dining room at Bavel on a recent evening, Rossi tears off a piece of hot, puffy pita bread and swipes it through the extra-smooth hummus masabacha. “The pita

101 Best Restaurants: 15 dining destinations in downtown Los Angeles

Patricia Escárcega, Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • February 7, 2020

online reservation. They’re nearly as difficult to score as a dinner booking, but persevere. — B.A. 1320 E. 7th St., Suite 126, Los Angeles, CA 90021, (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times) 11. Bavel No atlas exists that can trace the

exact geographic influences of Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis’ second Arts District restaurant. Menashe was raised in Israel and also comes from Turkish and Moroccan roots; Gergis’ family is of Egyptian ancestry. With Bavel’s menu they pay homage to

Sonoratown    Orsa & Winston    Bar Amá    Bäco Mercat    Hayato    Bavel    Rossoblu    Grand Central Market    Bon Temps    Bestia    Broken Spanish    Shibumi    Q    Nightshade    The Exchange    Little Sister    Badmaash   

Bavel and Bestia’s Culinary Power Couple Reflects on Weathering the Shutdown

Andy Wang • Los Angeles Magazine • July 7, 2020

Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis are husband and wife, chef and pastry chef, and the visionaries behind two of L.A.’s most celebrated and successful restaurants: Bestia and Bavel. The culinary power duo, who met in 2005 when Menashe was cooking and

flocked to the distinctly industrial dining room to feast on pizzas, pastas, and charcuterie, as town cars idled outside. Then, in 2018, Menashe and Gergis opened Bavel, a Middle Eastern marvel that became another seemingly unstoppable sensation with its

Saffy’s is Simple Middle Eastern Dining Perfection

Heather Platt • Los Angeles Magazine • September 13, 2022

familiar with Bestia or Bavel, this particular image of him with his back to diners and face to fire is iconic, and one wonders how he has managed to successfully clone himself yet again. But Menashe seems most comfortable at Saffy’s. “We just wanted to

bring the guests into our home,” he says. Menashe admits that six months into opening Bavel in 2018, he began dreaming of a falafel stand. “I had the craving to cook meats on skewers.”  Two years later, the couple found the perfect location. “Three or

Review: At Middle Eastern restaurants, it all starts with hummus. Jonathan Gold says Bavel's is magnificent

Jonathan Gold • Los Angeles Times • June 15, 2018

French baker might over her baguettes. Great hummus must never be taken for granted. So while the overwhelming popularity of Bavel may have a lot to do with the grilled octopus with yogurt or the marinated okra with whipped feta and mint, or Genevieve

, through the oil or not, the dish becomes an essay in the nuances of texture and fragrance, a nifty, chefly trick. Bavel is a soaring converted warehouse near downtown’s 4th Street Bridge, on a block where Sonic Youth once played a free show on the street

Local Pastry Chefs Invite You to Beat Mitch McConnell with a Tin of Cookies

Merle Ginsberg • Los Angeles Magazine • December 14, 2020

whatever happens in Georgia). The divine cookie box will include Roxana Jullapat’s Pepparkakor (Friends & Family Bakery), Sherry Yard’s famous Chocolate Almond Cookie (Great American Baking Show), Genevieve Gergis’s Classic Spritz (Bestia/Bavel), Isa

Fabro’s Date Walnut Blondie (Bestia/Bavel), Sherry Mandell’s Tehachapi Rye Chocolate Crinkle (Tehachapi Grain Project), and Swindle’s Fig and Cranberry Rugelach—plus creations from the great bakers at Rossoblu, M. Georgina, Grist & Toll, Bakers Kneaded

Kimchi on pizza? It's 1,000 times better than pineapple

Jenn Harris • Los Angeles Times • June 20, 2022

Saffy’s. (Brigitte Neman ) Ori Menashe spent a year and a half developing his shawarma recipe for the new Saffy’s restaurant in East Hollywood. The chef, known best for his and wife Genevieve Gergis’ Bestia and Bavel, recently opened Saffy’s as a more