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Redbird (Downtown)

MagnoliaGardens | Jan 15, 201512:02 PM

I was thoroughly satisfied by my experience there this weekend.

Only recently coming off of their soft launch, the restaurant functioned exquisitely. In the shadow of the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, it's breathtaking in its locale, and the decor was fantastic; they really went minimal, but had some great touches, such as the sky/ceiling (a la Drago), the indoor trees and the pink sofa seats.

I really want to note how exceptional the service was. Not simply 'white glove' attentiveness, but genuine care/concern from everybody; maitre'd, server(s), bussers, I was really impressed. We went with our child (probably a taboo of sorts, but we ate at 5:15 and he's well-behaved + eats what we eat) and they seriously went out of their way to make us, and our son, feel comfortable & welcome. Really impressive - I know servers and nice restaurants aren't generally keen on children, but I seriously respected that.

The food, of course, was fantastic (Neal Fraser). The pleasantly aligned four column menu featured their 'rickshaw' choices (simple bites), appetizers, mains & sides. Our selections - after their amuse bouche of vermouth, sugar & lime (awesome touch) - included the shishito peppers with bottarga & fried quinoa, pork belly posole, sea urchin w/ shrimp and a wasabi snow + nori, dungeness crab soup (on cauliflower flan), sweet & sour pear with burrata & duck pastrami, duck two ways (including duck leg chorizo), finally finishing with bread pudding w/ pomegranate and pickled persimmons. Every dish was presented and prepared exquisitely, and the meal continued to improve with each plate.

It really was an impeccable meal. Go, and enjoy - hopefully this is an impetus to get L.A. out of its small plates fixation and move back towards finer dining, albeit still Angeleno casual.

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