A Look at Roy Choi’s Menu at A-Frame, Open Tonight in Culver City

Choi's extra cripsy beer can chicken, served with salsa verde and roja and a split century egg
Choi’s extra cripsy beer can chicken, served with salsa verde and roja and a split century egg Photo: Tatiana Arbogast

David Reiss’ A-Frame opens tonight in Culver City with a new menu by Kogi and Chego mastermind Roy Choi. With his second restaurant in 2010, Choi justifies that Food & Wine award by assuredly creating his own original style of California cuisine yet again. A style not rooted in the idealized Southern California, but one that brightens the shadows of its native corners. Encouraging diners to eat the picnic-style, barbecue-in-the-park eats with their hands, he brings together and exalts neighborhood tastes and textures as once seemingly disparate as the crackly-skinned chicken from Pollo a la Brasa, a lonchero’s carne asada torta, Korean buffalo wings, glazed lamb chops with charred ends, theme park churros, and fresh-from-the-pier shellfish, all with a generous scattering of Asian and Mexican accents and perfectly balanced heat. Backed by powerful, obscure tap beers and more Tempranillos than Pinots or Zins, plus a fantastic patio transporting guests through up-lit oaks and strange hoop skirt chandeliers, Choi’s menu offers everyday food that’s fun, daring, and steadily keeping its finger on the pulse of what L.A., the real L.A., loves to eat. Check out A-Frame’s full food and drink menus below.

A-Frame, opens tonight at 12565 Washington Blvd. Culver City. 310-398-7700.

Chu Don’t Know Mang: Pound cake churros, cinnamon, malted chocolate milk, ice cream

A-Frame modern picnic
David Reiss assured at a preview dinner here that no dish will be over $20

on the table

Warm five grain pan de sal, Plugra butter, sea salt

House roasted sweet-n-spicy nuts, Japanese snack mix, soy beef jerky

Hawaiian style furikake Blazin’J’s kettle corn, warm butter, chives, spices

Cracklin “beer can” chicken, century egg, salt and pepper, salsa roja and verde

Air-dried baby back ribs, hoisin-chili glaze, green onion, sesame

Spicy Korean buffalo wings, bleu cheese dressing, house-cured pickles

Sweet potato spear fries, sea salt, kimchi sour cream

Green curry lemongrass clam chowder, pancetta, coconut milk, fresh herbs, rustic sourdough

White radish Moooooo kimchee

House-cured heirloom pickles, creamy dip, extra virgin olive oil

Island style farmer’s market salad, shaved Maui onions, tofu, fried garlic, seasonal fruit, ginger, shoyu vinaigrette

Sesame mustard and citrus loose packed blue crab cake, ginger lemongrass créme fraiche, baby lola rosa, perilla leaves

Twice baked dyn-o-mite duchesse potato, chives, parmesan crust

Vegetable tempura, kabocha pumpkin, broccoli rabe, shoyu dipping sauce

Peel-n-eat shrimp, kaffir lime leaf and dried shrimp salt, cocktail sauce, citrus

Grilled sushi-grade ahi, salsa verde, herb salad, caramelized pineapple spear

Carne asada torta, queso fresco, salsa roja, pickled red onion

Southern Cornbread and Warm chicken salad, Italian sausage ragout, salsa verde
pickled red onion

Korean BBQ lamb chops, citrus gremolata, salsa verde

Fried apple pie a-la-mode,Southern Comfort caramel, cheddar ice cream

Chu don’t know mang, pound cake churros, cinnamon, malted chocolate milk, ice cream

Thick ass ice cream sandwich of the day - Chocolate chip vanilla

from the tap

Sublimely Self-righteous Ale Black I.P.A., 8.7%, Stone Brewery, Escondido, California

Oktoberfest, Märzen Style, 6.6%, TAPS Brewery, Brea California

Hoptober Golden Ale, 6%, New Belgium Brewery, Fort Collins, Colorado

Ten Fidy Russian Imperial Stout, 10.5%, Oskar Blues Brewery, Lyons, Colorado

Moinette Blonde Ale, 8.5%, Brasserie DuPont, Tourpes-Leuze, Belgium

St. Bernardus Tripel, 8%, Brouwerij St. Bernardus, Watou, Belgium

Hennepin Farmhouse Saison, 7.7%, Ommegang Brewery, Cooperstown, New York

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, 5.4%, Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, Freising, Germany

Deans Bros. E.S.B. English Style Pale Ale, 6%, Deans Bros Brew Co, Santa Ana, California

Lagunitas PILS Czech Pilsener, 5.3%, Lagunitas Brew Co, Petaluma, California

Siamese Twin Spiced Dubbel, 8.5%, Uncommon Brewers, Santa Cruz, California

The Hite Korean Lager, 4.5%, Hite Brewery, Hongchun Gun, Kangwon, Korea

Dogfi sh Head 90 Minute I.P.A., 9%, Dogfi sh Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware

shaken or stirred
Fat Freddy. Rye and Irish Whiskey, Punt e Mes and Averna, Jerry Thomas and Angostura

Pek Pek. Bourbon, Dolin Blanc, St. Germain, house fig bitters

Anchorman. Scotch, ginger, agave nectar, lemon.

Fine Print. Aged rum, Crism Hibiscus, Falernum, lime, Regans Orange

Devil’s Disguise. Organic rum, Aperol, Carpano Antica Formula

Sevilla. Rhum Agricole, Licor 43, habanero, agave nectar, lime

Mayflower. Gin, Maraschino, demerera, lemon, prosecco

Hot Minute. Gin, Vietnamese mint, demerara, lime, soda

Conversion. Tequila, Mezcal, Yellow Chartreuse, Maraschino, lemon

Red Rover. Tequila, Sherry, orgeat, lemon and orange, Angostura

Mainland. Pisco, lilikoi, lime, egg white, cayenne

The Only One. Vodka, cucumber, agave nectar, lime
from the vineyard


“D” Pinot Noir 2006, C. Donatiello Winery, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
Haraszthy Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2008, Haraszthy Cellars, Napa, California
Nord Sud Syrah 2007, Laurent Miquel Estates, Launguedoc, France
Parador Tempranillo 2006, Rancho Chimeles Vineyard, Napa Valley, California
Capote Velho Tempranillo N.V. Maiorga, Portugal


Campion Chardonnay 2009, Campion Wines, Edna Valley, California
HUGO grüner Veltiner 2009, Markus Huber Estates, Reichersdorf, Austria
Field Recordings Chenin Blanc 2009, Jurassic Park Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley, California
Sforzando Gewurztraminer 2009, Alisos Vineyard, Santa Barbara, California
Trajarinho Vinho Verde 2009, Adego Cooperitivo Regional de Moncao, Portugal

Sorelle Bronca Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Italy

A Look at Roy Choi’s Menu at A-Frame, Open Tonight in Culver City