The Exchange

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101 Best Restaurants: 15 dining destinations in downtown Los Angeles

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

Times) 53. The Exchange The menu at the Exchange is airily described on the restaurant’s website as a celebration of L.A.’s multicultural flavors refracted through an Israeli lens. I thought the conceit sounded unwieldy, but chef Alex Chang proved me

wrong at the Exchange, the stylish restaurant wedged into a corner of downtown’s Freehand L.A. hotel. Chang makes harissa with Mexican chiles, and grills sweet potatoes and drapes them in a creamy Chile morita-spackled almond sauce. For brunch, he cooks

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Review: Jonathan Gold is intrigued by the Israeli-inspired flavors at the Exchange

Jonathan Gold • Los Angeles Times • February 2, 2018

Yemenite cooking, and it is apparently popular in Saudi Arabia. It shows up sometimes in sabich, the hard-boiled egg sandwich that is one of the signature dishes in Israeli cooking. At the proto-Israeli restaurant the Exchange, amba is mixed into the

mayonnaise served with shoestring fries. Is amba aioli the new Thousand Island dressing? We should only be so lucky. The Exchange is wedged into a corner of the newish Freehand L.A hotel, under a 12-story vertical sign that is said to be the biggest downtown

7 L.A. takeout upstarts that deserve your attention

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • July 10, 2020

restaurants such as Botanica, the Exchange at the Freehand L.A. and Rustic Canyon, Rashida Holmes had been recently catering and holding pop-ups serving the dishes of her Bajan heritage; her specialty is flaky rotis paired with chicken curry topped with lemony

Review: The surprise at Santa Monica's hot spot Élephante? The carb situation is on point

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • August 15, 2019

. Then the staffer piloting the way froze. A couple were already seated at the table she had earmarked for us. “Hang out here for a minute, please,” she said. “Sorry about this.” I couldn’t overhear the conversation but the exchange was clear from across

Christmas gift ideas for foodies in 2019

Jenn Harris, Amy Scattergood, Peter Meehan, Genevieve Ko, Ben Mims, Patricia Escárcega, Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • November 8, 2019

a single order. Purchase here→   (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times) At the edge of each table at the Exchange, the Middle Eastern-leaning restaurant at the Freehand hotel in DTLA, is a tiny saucer of rusty red harissa, and zhoug. The roasted

Newsletter: How a roaming restaurant critic landed in Los Angeles

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • June 29, 2019

the earliest reservations at Broken Spanish (Ray Garcia’s modernist Mexican phenom), Rossoblu (definitely in my top five favorite L.A. pasta restaurants, maybe top three) or the Exchange in the Freehand hotel (come with a group and share the lamb

Review: The Manufactory’s Alameda Supper Club needs more Chris Bianco magic

Bill Addison • Los Angeles Times • May 30, 2019

of the pastry in crust pistachios. Each cannoli lasts two bites; the flavors make for a short, twisty joyride. I want more dishes to leave such a distinct impact. I’m looking for the rich exchange that’s possible between the out-of-town principals and

Jonathan Gold's top 10 L.A. food trend predictions for 2018

Jonathan Gold • Los Angeles Times • January 17, 2018

. restaurants. With the current popularity of Kismet and MhZh, the buzzy Exchange downtown, and new Israeli-ish restaurants from Jessica Koslow and Ori Menashe set to open, 2018 will be awash in za’atar, sesame seeds and extra-smooth tahini. 4. Carpetbaggers