Open since November 2001, ABBA has raised the standards for extraordinary dining. Chef Erez Pinhas, of Israel, captures the pan-Mediterranean flavors of his native land and recreates them, often by incorporating Thai elements, to create a truly unique and masterful cuisine. The authenticity behind this inventive cuisine is notable as this is no ordinary “fusion” fare. Combinations are harmonious because of a genuine knowledge of the ingredients, a mastery of the skills behind the elegant presentations, and an unstinting commitment to excellence. The wide-ranging wine list, compiled by ABBA Manager/Wine Director Christina Bratberg and Sommelier Susan Keyes, is composed of highly rated wines at excellent value. The dining room, designed by renowned LA architect Budd Holden, and exquisitely appointed by Bratberg, is sophisticated and intimate; candles flicker in hand-painted Moroccan tea glasses, sconces throw a flattering light and banquettes, opulent with pillows in rich fabrics, invite you to linger. Atmosphere is lively and welcoming; service is professional, knowledgeable and hip.