This place is great. It is a welcomed addition to the small-plates restaurant trend (Animal. Gjelina, A Frame, Waterloo, Picca and more) but I have to say, the portions are larger that most (if not all). (More like Waterloo in that regard). I came with a date, ordered five dishes - enjoyed all of them and couldn't finish the meal. The biscuits with cheddar and bacon - yum. A variety of accompaniments are available - I went with the honey (three kinds). Would repeat this. I
Asparagus with tarragon and poached egg. Kind of a deconstructed bernaise sauce. I'd get that again too.
"Fee fi fo fum fries" - big, thick crispy fries from unpeeled potatoes with ketchup and/or (2 choices) and a Moroccan dip. Would get again if I dip under my weight limit. Liked dipping it in the remains of the asparagus w/poached egg.
Sweet corn and polenta, fontina and (bacon?) - definitely getting this again.
Soy braised short ribs. Yum. Would get it again if someone else wanted it, but might try something else.
And skirt steak - again, would get it, but would likely try something else. Place is close but if you're flying solo this place has a lot of food that punches the munchie monkey-bone.
My only complaint would be too an emphasis on communal tables. I had to wait 30 minutes past my reservation - which would have been shorter if I was comfortable sitting at a communal table. I'm not. (but if I'm solo, I'd be grateful).
L.A. is lucky to have another gifted-chef-driven restaurant like this.
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
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