Just returned from LA...Animal review...
thanks to everyone for their input for my most recent foray into LA dining. unfortunately, i spent most of my time in palm springs or just relaxing and didnt get to eat nearly as much as i planned.
i did however get to Animal on Sunday evening. this restaurant should not be as good as it is. the food is ultra rich, ultra heavy...i should've had a few bites and felt ill.
instead, it was absolutely excellent and one of the better meals ive had in the last six months at least.
i went with my girlfriend and her sister. we had 7 items from the small plates and 1 large plate. the pork belly with kimchi was insane...probably the highlight of the meal and i dont love pork belly as much as i used to. there was a fair amount of meat and the fat seemed better than any other belly ive had. the kimchi spice was the perfect compliment to the meat.
the bolognese and polenta was very good despite being a popular preparation. the baby broccoli and egg and pancetta bits was our 'vegetable' and was a highlight as well. perfectly tender pieces of broccoli and the vinagrette was thick enough to scoop up with a spoon. the foie gras and biscuit shouldn't have tasted as good as it did but it was insanely delicious...with the maple syrup. a nice lobe of foie as well. i skipped the marrow bones since im not a fan though i must admit they looked far better than my bones at st. john in london. the poutine also was a dish that shouldnt have tasted as good as it did but we finished that plate completely. the fries were excellent and the oxtail gravy was great.
the only duds per se were the sweetbreads which were good but just didnt need a bath of sweet and sour sauce...i just prefer my sweetbreads simple and pan fried. the quail fry was decent but rather basic.
for dessert, the tres leches and bacon chocolate bar were both insane and once again, a testament to how delicious animal's food is. for my group to finish 8 courses and still polish off 2 desserts...really speaks volumes about the quality.
id advise anyone to avoid the four bears cabernet...it was rather horrible but the tempranillo definitely satisfied. service was friendly yet spot on.
7 small plates, 1 large plate, 2 desserts, 2 bottles of low/medium quality wine...bill was around $230 or so before tip.
highly recommended and if i lived in LA, id visit repeatedly and have to go to the gym twice as much.