In the Indonesian language, “kasih” means “affection, care and love.” So it’s no surprise that chef Vindex Tengker and chef de cuisine Zachary Hamel are hoping diners have those particular feelings when visiting the newly opened Little Tokyo restaurant and bar KASIH.

If you’re a vegan, a vegetarian, soy free or gluten free — or simply curious — the creators of the L.A. Food Fest and Artisanal L.A. have just the thing for you.

There once was a time when Downtown Los Angeles had little to offer on Valentine’s Day, save for a few Bunker Hill or Financial District restaurants with old-school elegance and old-money prices.

What would you guess an establishment named The Dolly Llama sells? The obvious guess would be adorable stuffed llamas. The most unexpected may be maxed-out waffle desserts dripping with syrups and melting ice cream.

What would you guess an establishment named The Dolly Llama sells? The obvious guess would be adorable stuffed llamas. The most unexpected may be maxed-out waffle desserts dripping with syrups and melting ice cream.

The most hyped restaurant opening in Los Angeles this year has arrived. David Chang, the mastermind of the Momofuku empire in New York City, has opened Majordomo in a converted warehouse near the northern edge of Los Angeles State Historic Park (at 1725 Naud St.)

Things are-a-changin’ in Chinatown, and the latest evidence is the arrival of a photogenic little wine bar called Oriel, which sits under the Gold Line tracks in a reworked space next to Pho Hoa.

A broken mouth sounds awful, but in Hawaiian Pidgin slang the phrase “broke da mout’” is a good thing indeed, often exclaimed when something is so delicious you can hardly stop chowing down.

DTLA - There are many craveable things to be had at The Mighty, the pretty little restaurant at the corner of Second and Main streets that quietly debuted two weeks ago, but my eyes opened widest after a bite of key lime pie.

Rooftop bars continue to be the rage across Los Angeles, and the Central City’s newest offering is a hip, beautiful space that’s serving an excellent fleet of cocktails.

The University of Southern California is kicking off classes next week, which means students will be pouring into the gleaming, brand-new USC Village development just north of the campus on Hoover and Jefferson.

The Mayfair Hotel in City West last year kicked off a major renovation that updated its guest rooms. The second phase of the project extends that work into the lobby, and it’s created several new places to eat and drink.

The most famous purveyor of Nashville-style hot chicken in L.A. is Howlin’ Ray’s, which continues to court long, long lines at Far East Plaza. Just a few blocks away, however, is another hot chicken vendor with their own legit claim to authenticity.

Shekarchi is a much-loved Downtown L.A. restaurant, considering it’s been serving up kebabs, stews and other Persian favorites for 30 years. Now it looks like the restaurant’s up for a move, although it’s not going too far — thankfully.

Downtown News readers picked their favorites in the community, but the editorial staff also has its own accolades to give. Here are the staff picks for the drinking category:

Downtown News readers picked their favorites in the community, but the editorial staff also has its own accolades to give. Here are the staff picks for the restaurant category:

Royce Burke has never owned or run a restaurant, but his pop-up cooking at local spots like Chimney Coffee House and the Arts District’s excellent Daily Dose Cafe have garnered him a lot of fans.

The Financial District’s Wedbush Center has never been a destination for drinks and dining, but that’s changed with the debut of Harbor House, a massive all-day operation that offers everything from casual pastries and beverages to full lunch and dinner menus and even a bar.

The Fashion District is changing rapidly, but is it ready for luxurious dining options all over the place? On the heels of Rossoblu’s opening at City Market South comes word of an upscale Italian-French spot dubbed Anatra, currently in construction at the foot of the Garment Lofts building a…

The old-school deli Canter’s, known for late night eats and fat pastrami sandwiches, is now delivering in Downtown. No, they’re not shuttling your food over from Fairfax — there’s a commissary kitchen dedicated to a limited menu of delivery-only foods.

The L.A. Times’ month-long food festival is going strong, with a lot of fresh events in Downtown L.A. While some of the biggest Food Bowl attractions have passed, there remains a slate of local dinners and special events.

The stretch of San Julian Street off of 11th looks like many other narrow streets in the Fashion District, lined with little shops offering discount jeans and quinceañera dresses. Foot traffic is scarce, especially after the sun goes down.

The gleaming Level Furnished Living tower at Ninth and Olive streets now has a restaurant anchoring its street-level spaces, with the recent opening of Sakana Sushi Lounge.

Remember Tyler Wells? He helped created the Arts District’s Handsome Coffee Roasters before it was acquired by Blue Bottle. Then he opened a little espresso bar, Blacktop, that continues to do brisk business.

Brothers Chase and Chad Valencia came into the spotlight last year with Lasa, a restaurant in Chinatown’s Far East Plaza with a menu that interpreted classic Filipino flavors in intriguing fashion.