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our underwhelming brunch at Industriel this weekend

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jdwdeville Oct 22, 2012 11:49 AM

Checked out Industriel for brunch over the weekend- we had been hearing quite a bit of hype and we needed to see if it was true.
We called early AM to see if we needed to make a reservation, and were told to just come down, only to be asked for our reservation upon arrival. We were seated rather quickly anyway, so I suppose the res didn't matter.
We get seated, and the server/host who seats us runs us through the specials, with a push toward getting us to buy the bloody mary and the "daily bread"- $3 for bread and butter. A second server then pops over, again pushing the $3 bread and the $12 bloody mary, so we caved and got them to start, along with the $3 "farmer's market" pickles.
The bread dish was 3 wedges of foccacia bread about 1" thick and 2.5" wide, served with a quarter-sized disk of compound butter and an equally tiny portion of olive oil and balsamic. Now, $3 isn't too much for a small side, but 3 tiny triangles of bread served with too little butter to even cover that is a restaurant getting too precious for me.
The $12 bloody mary is quite good, though not very tomato-y, carrot maybe? At $12, however, it is served in a glass that wouldn't even hold a neat scotch- four sips and it was done. I was finished with mine before the first course landed.
For the main, I had the braised goat sandwich- comes on a 4" square ciabatta, with just a few chunks of goat (cubed, rather than shredded, so the few chunks fall out when you pick the sandwich up), and big (also cubed) pieces of eggplant. Goat cheese was spread so thick that any goat flavor was drowned out entirely.
When I asked for a side of mayo for the fries it never arrived.
Another main at our table was a mushroom crepe- the table had a good laugh at the size.
Our server seemed to alternate between terribly overworked and completely manic. The tables around us seemed t be having trouble- our neighbors had to go to the host stand to get and pay the check, and a table sat while we were eating had to get up to introduce themselves.
Long story short- pretty place with some big issues. For just shy of $100 for three people for brunch we were underwhelmed.

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    carter RE: jdwdeville Oct 22, 2012 12:47 PM

    You obviously did not read J. Gold's review of Industriel in the Times early September.
    Please note the subheading even before you get to the text of the review.
    But he agrees with you, by in large!
    http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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      jdwdeville RE: carter Oct 22, 2012 02:07 PM

      Yeah, pretty spot on. I wanted to like it, but terrible service combined with laughably small portions might be something I could disregard at a diner and at diner prices, but not here.

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