We were looking for a Dine LA venue in downtown that we hadn't yet tried and Industriel seemed to fit the bill. We're glad we went, though we ended up ordering off the regular menu.
The food was great, the service was excellent and we are keen to go back. Looking over the regular menu we realized that to order a starter and a main course was less expensive than the Dine LA menu , if we didn't also order, or even if we simply shared a dessert. ($30 compared with $35.) Neither of us are big dessert eaters and the regular menu had a lot more choices on it, so that's what we went with.
We had a bowl of the soup of the day - a potato, roasted garlic soup with slivered almonds and Thai basil leaves. It was delicious, though the basil leaves seemed a bit superfluous. If I had been sprinkling some sort of fresh herb in there it would have probably been a bit of rosemary, or even shredded Italian basil instead of the Thai. We also had the kale salad, which was one of the better kale salads we've ever had, the bacon (which they cure themselves) dressing was perfect and just the right amount of smoky porkiness.
We had a plate of the "Daily Bread" and that wasn't really anything particularly special. It was four slices of an okay, if unremarkable, baguette and some sort of olive foccaccia - neither was any better than you can buy in any number of stores around town and at $3 per order the next time around we'll skip it.
For a main course I had the PELMINI, rabbit, shiitake, mascarpone, pearl onions, sage, truffle oil, pecorino and it was superb. You could taste the individual ingredients perfectly and there was also an additional blended flavor that was great. Just smelling the dish when it arrived - with the truffle oil - was a delight. The gf had the duck and it was delicious and the accompaniments were perfect. It was, perhaps, cooked a little more rare than she would have preferred it - being nearly chewy in a couple of bites. But the flavor couldn't be faulted.
Our waitress, who was one of the better waitresses we've had anywhere and I feel really awful that I can't recall her name, recommended a new wine that they were pouring - a Cabernet Franc. At $12 per glass or $48 per bottle we went for a bottle and it perfectly complemented the meal.
In all, an excellent meal and also the sound level in the restaurant, though loud enough to seem somewhat festive, was still low enough that we could actually have a comfortable conversation.
The one complaint was the chairs. They were very comfortable but they were very low in relation to the table. The girlfriend and I are about average height (she is 5'6" and I'm 5'11") and we felt like little kids. We needed phone books or something to sit on. Perhaps whoever bought the combination tables and chairs is either very tall or has an extremely long torso. But everything else was so good that it is a minor quibble.
It is a little odd that it bills itself as French / Provencal. It seemed more French with a bit of Russian thrown in, which was nice for a change.
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