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Faith & Flower - anyone been yet?

I'm headed there tomorrow night - curious if anyone's been and the do's and don'ts, if any?

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  1. bump. still very little feedback from non friends/family, etc.

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    1. Another blank and blank restaurant

      1. I went Saturday evening. Loved it. Great cocktail menu, and food to match. Sophisticated and sexy vibe. Surprisingly affordable - not cheap, but more than reasonable given the quality and originaiity of the food. Definite recommend.

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        1. re: TruffleScout

          YAY! Great to hear. I'm having a quaint 30th birthday dinner there on May 1st! Please advise any recommended dishes if you have time :)

        2. I just wanted to report that I went here the other night and the food and service was truly terrible. We ordered six dishes and only one of them was decent--a kanpachi ceviche no different than the other thirty places offering kanpachi ceviches. But the ensuing dishes were horrendous.

          Shrimp and grits did not work--served over a strong sourdough that dominated the dish.
          Duck liver mousse tarts-- the liver was fine, the tart was stale bread.
          Oxtail agnolotti was some strange mix of Asian and Italian. The sauce was molasses like and way too sweet.

          Thick cut wheat noodles were not offensive. This was a dish that I'm sure can be found in tons of SGV places, but here, the tastes were dumbed down for a western palate. That seems to be a nice theme of the restaurant. They serve food that non adventurous eaters would find very adventurous.

          And finally we have the carnitas pizza. First off, it's more of a flatbread than a pizza. It was like some CPK special, but at least CPK has some consistency. The Faith and Flower monstrosity was all creme fraiche and dry pork.

          Ugh, curious what other people think of this place, but it was seriously my most disappointing meal in LA in six months or so.

          On a side note, their cocktails are really good.

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          1. re: set0312

            cocktails are really good.
            and the desserts.

            1. re: TonyC

              Honestly they looked really good but I couldn't bring myself to give them more money for food.

            2. re: set0312

              Thanks for the heads up. I'll go there just to get my drinks on...

              1. re: set0312

                Thanks for the report. We have been debating to try either Faith & Flower or Tar & Roses later this month, as we have tried neither. Looks like we are going to SaMo for sure.

                1. re: djquinnc

                  That's a good comparison. I'd say Tar & Roses is slightly the better of the two restaurants, though it's nothing special in my opinion.

                  I don't agree with the comment above that the food at Faith & Flower is "terrible." I think the food is generally enjoyable. That said, I've only had two of the dishes he mentioned, and I agree on both dishes. I agree that the kanpachi is decent but typical. And I agree that the shrimp and grits is terrible. I don't understand how that slop has stayed on the menu. It's an atrocity both in concept (grits on bread???) and execution (bread tastes stale).

                  1. re: F_ckTheFDA

                    Ya I'm sure I ordered "wrong" if you will. The rest of the food simply cannot be as bad as what I had. (I'm not being sarcastic.) I also went right as the kitchen was closing so maybe that somehow contributed.

                    Regardless, I won't be back.

                    1. re: F_ckTheFDA

                      Reporting back on our Tar and Roses experience. The consensus of the table was that it was a good meal, but that we are in no big rush to return. Quite good small plates, but lacked the refinement or the "pop" of Gjelina or Bestia, to attempt to make a comparison. Having said that, we had some of the best, attentive service I've experienced in a very long time. Our server (I believe her name was Jennifer), was exceptional.

                      One of my dining companions coincidently had a recent dining experience at Faith and Flower. Reported that the d├ęcor was great, but that the food at Tar and Roses was superior in comparison.

                  2. re: set0312

                    Couldn't agree more re the food. Everything we had (2 of us and 5 plates) was either just ok or poorer. The drinks were tasty, but very short pours for the money. Couldn't understand why the place was packed (on a Sunday night)! We definitely will not return. It seems like downtown restaurants are for the most part lots of hype, and truly terrific restaurants (food, service and ambiance) are not easily found!

                    1. re: josephnl

                      I'm glad you agreed. I hope I wasn't misleading people with my post but I truly thought the food was very poor!

                      In downtown, I like Bestia, GCM, Factory Kitchen, Wurstkuche, and Wood Spoon. Everything else to me is more hype than substance.

                      1. re: set0312

                        If you want all three...food, service and ambiance (pleasant and conversation friendly), it still seems that the picks are very few. Which restaurants would qualify, do you think?

                        1. re: josephnl

                          Quite honestly none. I actually really do like the ambiance of Wood Spoon when it's not too crowded. It really can feel like a local neighborhood spot you visit once a week. The space itself is not spectacular, but it's quaint enough.

                          Literally never had decent atmosphere at Bestia or Factory Kitchen.

                          1. re: set0312

                            Totally agree. When we were last at Bestia the noise and overall chaos were such that the food became irrelevant...we couldn't wait to get out!

                            Will have to look at Wood Spoon!