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Ginza Nishikawa milk bread with market berries, vanilla gelato, and housemade honey butter (Michele Stueven) INTERSTELLAR IN SANTA MONICA ENTERS A NEW ORBIT MICHELE STUEVENJANUARY 10, 2023
Interstellar, the tiny tucked away Santa Monica restaurant owned by husband-and-wife team Chef Angie and Daniel Kim, has reopened with expanded breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, shochu-based cocktails, and a cozy interior renovation by Noni Design House.
The intimate restaurant debuted during the pandemic in April 2020 and became a go-to spot for daytime offerings, a carefully curated coffee program, and take-away service for beachside locals. The mom-and-pop hideaway – an unusual phenomenon in Santa Monica where mostly chains and hospitality groups have taken over – offers a welcoming throwback community vibe just steps from Palisades Park.
The new interior features darker and moodier textural green tones, gradient wallpaper and sleek green marble table tops and black oak finishes. The newly enclosed kitchen, which sits behind an arched glass wall, is framed by lush pothos plants.