3 Reasons to Travel with Mei Lin
If you haven’t heard of Mei Lin, get ready to keep hearing about her. The Los Angeles-based chef is an Eater Young Gun and Zagat 30 Under 30, plus a winner of Top Chef and Esquire TV’s Knife Fight. She opened Nightshade in 2019—along with partners Francis Miranda and Cyrus Batchan of No. 8—in LA's downtown Arts District. Mei Lin has a passion for culinary discovery and is the perfect companion for exploring South Korea's cuisine and culture.
Mei melds the subtle details of an artist with the resilience of a badass. She's used her Motor City edge to win competition after competition, and open an already acclaimed restaurant before age 30.
As a child, Mei moved with her parents from China to Michigan, where she worked in her family’s Chinese restaurant and absorbed everything she could about someday owning her own eatery.
Making Things Memorable
Every dish at Nightshade, from the top-selling mapo tofu lasagna to the Instagrammable tom yum onion, evokes a memory from Mei's past. She knows how to translate her story to the food Angelenos won’t stop talking about.