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Great Meal at New Sila Bistro in Silver Lake

DelLordfan | Jul 31, 200807:25 PM

A friend and I wandered into the recently-opened Sila Bistro in Silver Lake last night and felt like we hit the trifecta: interesting food, reasonable prices and a well-edited wine list with everything between $6- $9 per glass. The tables were even far enough apart so we could talk without sharing our conversation all around. Standouts: the cilantro Caesar salad (romaine hearts, shaved parmesan, grape tomatoes, avocado, cilanto Caesar dressing) for $8, the Sila tart (tomato, basil, arugula, meyer lemon, prosciutto on puff pastry) for $10 (it's an appetizer but plenty big for an entree), two small Snake River Kobe burgers with caramelized shallots, honey mustard and Maui onion rings for $15 and a pistachio gelato cake with one layer of devil's food cake and one layer of chocolate grenache for $8. (No , I didn't memorize the prices. I swiped the paper menu.) The Terre Rouge Syrah we had also was noteworthy. We liked the fact that it offered poached pear and macerated figs for dessert, as well as the richer fare. It's the sort of place where you can go as a single and eat at the bar and still be part of the dining room. Or, you can eat outside. The service was friendly and low key, and we both can't wait to return and try the other things on the menu that tempted us, such as the grilled chicken with wild mushroom bread pudding and the bouillabaisse. The seared sea scallops with butternut squash risotto sounded pretty terrific, too. It's at 2630 Hyperion Ave., sort of catycorner from Gelson's.

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