Finding good restaurants is a big hobby of mine and I always ask people their favorite restaurants in LA. In last few weeks, three people randomly recommended me about Animal and I thought I got to check it out. The restaurant opens at 6 p.m. nightly and we made a reservation at 6 p.m. on Sunday. We got there early to find a free street parking (they don't have restaurant parking but do have a valet) and walked around the neighborhood. The neighborhood made me a bit uncomfortable and out of place (there were many street kids hanging out and some homeless guys). The restaurant was hard to find since the restaurant doesn't have any sign; it's just all black in the front. The restaurant is very simple but nice and very small; so reservation is a must. Since this place is a tapas style restaurant, Including desserts, two of us ordered 7 dishes and here is the order of my favorites: 1. pig ear, chili, lime, fried egg This was our favorite of the night! All my friends recommended pig ear and I'm glad that we tried it. I think what makes this dish so delicious is the sauce; the combination between the spiciness of chili and lime was amazing. 2. flat iron, sunchoke hash, truffle parmesan fondue This was the most expensive dish ($28) on their menu but it's so worth it! The steak was so soft and I loved it. This is more like entree size than appetizer. 3. chicken liver toast I heard that foie gras dishes were their signature dishes and I wish I tried them before the foie gras ban. Not as good as foie gras, but this still tasted good. 4. marrow bone, chimichurri, caramelized onions This was my first time eating bone marrow and it wasn't my favorite. Chimichurri was good though. 5. melted petit basque, chorizo, grilled bread I love cheese so I had to try this dish. It was good but not as creative dish as others; nothing was particularly special. 6. huckleberry pavlova, lemon verbena ice cream, toasted meringue It wasn't bad but nothing was special. 7. bacon chocolate crunch bar, s&amp;p ice cream I've tired bacon chocolate at other restaurants before and I normally like it but this one was not good. It was too salty. They sprinkled lots of salts on the plate but bacon already has the saltiness so the extra salts are unnecessary. Also, I thought wine list was over-priced. The cheapest glass of wine was $11 and tasted like $5 bottle of wine from grocery store. Next time, I might bring my own bottle of wine and just pay $20 corkage fee. Overall, it was a good restaurant and I will definitely come back to try other dishes.
For a place that uses no animal products in it's food they manage to come up with the most diverse, flavorful and inspired menu. Club sandwiches, pizzas, enormous salads are chock full of exciting fresh ingredients that fill you up but don't leave you in a food coma. Entrees come with a selection from their sides menu that includes hummos, tabouleh, yams and many other amazing choices. I've had their club sandwish on many occassions and actually crave it the way some might crave certain fast foods. It has avocado, carrots, tempeh bacon, sprouts and a light mayo spread made from soy. The grain bread is nutty and delicious. Save room for any one of their homemade deserts, they are all worth trying.
Very fresh organic ingredients! Grass-fed beef. Free range chicken. So far everything I had never disappointed me. Cafeteria style, so you don't have to wait. It's great for a working mom who after a long day's work don't feel like cooking dinner. This is such a great addition to the Silver Lake neighborhood. One star less than perfect, because of the price. They serve pretty good portion, though. Even my ever-ravenous teenage son gets satisfied.
One of my biggest challenges my first year in college was the volume of work. It was a big change from high school, and standards were also much higher! I tackled this in a few different ways: I looked for opportunities to start or join study groups, met with my professors for advice on where to focus my attention, and set up a structured schedule to make sure I was putting in the required time studying
This is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant that does a smart job of provisioning using local "foragers" - urban and semi-urban farmers that are licensed food producers (for instance Winetka farms). The food is very diverse and well prepared. Highly recommended if you want interesting food that's approaches "local" and sustainable practices.
If the parking lot wasn't always so congested, I'd probably come here a lot more often for takeout dinners for the family. They have delicious and healthy roasted meats and side dishes (including an assortment of veggies and great mac-n-cheese) but I find their hours to be a bit erratic.
After eating the Foie Gras and Poutine, I found myself pleading with the bartender to let me move in. I offered to wash dishes, pay rent, and even learn how to pair wine - find out if my new address is Animal Restaurant here: http://offthecouchla.blogspot.com/2011/04/animal.html
Awesome home cooked style food. Their turkey dinner is amazing...better than any home cooked Thanksgiving dinner i have ever had. They are located right near Fox. They only negatives are the parking, and the decor is nothing special.
Service was fantastic but food was wayyyy too heavy for me. And the time between each dish was too long. It was a 2 hours meal for 6 dishes. And absolutely did not feel good afterwards from too much butter and gravy.
While venturing out and about around my office I found this gem. Great combinations and fresh and tender greens. Can't beat the price as well. If you are ever downtown stop in and have a salad.