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Nov 3, 2010 07:50 PM

Noisy but Excellent

After reading many positive foodie comments here, finally got a chance to check this place out. The food, in a word, is excellent. We had the Burrata with tomatillo salsa and the lettuce, beets, avocado,pita, feta and creamy sumac to start, then fried quail with grits, chard, bacon and maple jus and the bbq pork belly and slaw sandwiches. Each dish was interesting and absolutely delicious. The only negative was the sticky toffee pudding which was waaaaaaay too salty! As noted above, the place is VERY noisy; conversing requires strong vocal chords, even at close quarters. And, while the food prices are reasonable, the wines are quite expensive. The only wines in single figures for a glass are the house red and white. I saw only a couple of bottles in the 40's. Lots of other choices, but $50 and up...and up.

435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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  1. Animal is our favorite place in LA for higher end dining. We will be going back again for your fourth visit shortly. And I noted in one of the reviews I wrote up that they seemed to be trying to get folks to buy bottles of wine, rather than by the glass based on the high "per glass" price they were charging. Now even the per bottle prices have gone up (and the dropped their "carafe" option which was a little more reasonable too). A couple of times we started with a bottle of Italian prosecco, which was quite well priced at $33, but I notice now that their prosecco is $45 per bottle.

    Good thing their food prices are still so reasonable for the excellent quality they deliver. And their appetizers are really on the larger size, so you can make a meal out of 3 or 4 of those if you want.

    Finally as to the noise issue. It's true that they are on the noisy side. But I'm not sure where you go in LA for a quiet dinner if the place is as popular as Animal is?

    In any case thanks for sharing your thoughts on Animal.