“Seasonal, local, and inspired” are the watchwords of Baroo, a stylish addition to Hollywood’s stable of restaurants. The name itself – Baroo – refers to the bowl that a Buddhist monk uses for meals throughout his life. And there is something of the reverent at work here. The food is crafted with care and respect (with organic and sustainable ingredients where possible), and the space has been decorated with a light touch, more minimalism than anything else; white walls, a blackboard, simple metal stools and smooth wooden surfaces.
It’s a compelling combination, one that has won Baroo numerous accolades in the years since opening. And it’s fair to say they’re well deserved. While the space may be on the small side, the dishes are massively popular, with the noorok being a particular draw. It’s a house specialty – a fermented, fragrant dish of nuts, seeds, and grains that’s unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. Elsewhere on the creative, Korean-inspired menu, depending on the day, you might find plates of kimchi fried rice, celeriac pasta, and the veg-packed bibim salad.
The menu is sensationally savoury, with more than a little umami thrown in for good measure, but there are a couple of sweet dishes that are definitely worth saving room for, if you can. The shortbread and the passion fruit tart are two such. To wash it all down, Baroo ferments its own kombucha and tepache, which are fine accompaniments, as is the cold brew, should you need a little pick-me-up after sampling your way through Baroo’s rightly-lauded cuisine.