The District By Hannah An: All About The Noods

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Beverly Hills/Grove gets a bad rep among Angeleno’s “foodies”, and I believe a lot of it has to do with higher prices, a serious lack of parking and food that doesn’t always feel inspired. I’ve been seeing many posts on The District by Hannah An, a higher-end Vietnamese restaurant, so I decided to pop in for their brunch.

 

The District by Hannah An
8722 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
http://thedistrictbyha.com

Restaurant ownership runs in Hannah An’s blood. Hannah, is among one of 5 sisters who run House of AN, a restaurant group with spots all over California. When I entered, through what appeared to be 19th century panel doors, The District felt as if Lisa Vanderpump had opened a Vietnamese restaurant. Hannah An shares a specific eye for elegance with Vanderpump. Not only is the ambiance romantic but it does have a strong colonial Vietnamese influence as well including wood block walls, high ceilings and Eidson lights, which separates it from the other Beverly Hills/Grove spots.

The Guava Rita

This brunch began with a boozey start. The Guava Rita, Casa Dragones Blanco, Organic Guava Agave, Fresh Lime, Kaffir Lime Leaf Tincture & Kaffir Lime Leaf Salt is tart but fruity. Perfect for a girl’s brunch.

Soft-Shell Crab Benedict

The favorite brunch item on our table was the Soft-Shell Crab Benedict. A fried soft-shell crab is paired with a crispy bao bun topped with a poached egg and lemongrass hollandaise. This also comes with breakfast potatoes, sautèed cherry tomatoes and Thai basil.

Hannah’s Handmade Noodles

Hannah’s Handmade Noodles were my favorite item. Although it’s considered an entrèe rather than brunch item, they’re still available to order. These noodles are actually so fantastic I ordered 2 rounds of them for us. These noodles are topped with homemade panko, greens and a garlic-lime beurre blanc sauce that I could bathe in.

The District by Hannah An is a breath of fresh air for the Beverly Hills/Grove scene. I’m already salivating mulling over my future dinner plans at Hannah An.

Julianne

Actress and Founder of Girls on Food: I was born and raised in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. I grew up a typical “McDonald’s kid”. I was very picky about what I ate and refused to try new foods. No fun, I know. My Mom started taking me on trips to Europe when I was a teenager and that’s when my palate for finer foods began to develop. Some of my most memorable favorite meals include Veal Bolognese in Rome, Gyros in Athens, Paella in Lisbon and Duck L’Orange in Paris. While this helped me grow out of a fast food phase, I still eat out quite a bit. I know I should be at home cooking, but I love dining out. I started working in restaurants in various front of the house positions at age 15. Since my start, I’ve worked in every casual restaurant setting you can think of: a teriyaki stand, brewery, sushi nightclub, trendy Mexican, family-style Italian, American diner, pizza parlor and even a BLT themed food truck. I can't help but notice that many of the LA food bloggers don't have any sort of background working in a restaurant. A lot of my perspective on food and dining out comes from my years of experience in the biz. Since starting this blog, I have shot appearances on a couple of cooking competition shows as a taster (including MasterChef Junior and another upcoming show). We have also started producing a Youtube Channel. IMDb page here: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2023647/ For this site I contribute content from all over Los Angeles (and the world) to showcase my favorite fine-dining spots, steakhouses, exclusive supper clubs, Hollywood nightlife and our very own #GOFx events, which I plan and coordinate.

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