Animal Restaurant

Grilled octopus with chorizo ($17)
Bone marrow with chimichurri and Texas toast ($10)
BBQ pork belly sandwiches ($12)
Balsamic pork ribs with a delicata squash and pecan salad ($16)
Tres leches cake with caramel ($7)
For my past birthday Andrew took me to a restaurant that I have been wanting to go to for quite some time now.  Where the menu stays seasonal and the chefs are up and coming.  Where they have been acclaimed as L.A.'s most influential restaurant by L.A. Weekly and the chefs have already gained quite some recognition including Best New Chefs and Top 10 Best New Restaurants by Food and Wine Magazine and LA Magazine, respectively.  Animal Restaurant.  What can I cay that hasn't already been said?  Except that I can't wait for the day that I return.

These pictures really don't do justice to the flavors and taste that these dishes present (it's hard taking pictures in a dark restaurant without bothering people with your flash!)  The bone marrow was melt-in-your-mouth delish, the pork ribs were slightly sweet, smokey, sticky, fall-off-the bone good, and the octopus... oh man.  You have to try the octopus.  I really wanted to try the bacon chocolate crunch bar for dessert but we figured that we would have pork overload with the pork belly sliders and the pork ribs that we already had.  The tres leches cake would have to do.  Who wouldn't want cake for their birthday anyway?  I will be back for you bacon chocolate crunch bar.  Sooner or later.

Did I mention they have one of the Top 10 cookbooks of 2008?  Of course.  I wouldn't expect less. 

Animal Restaurant
435 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
ph: 323.782.9225 

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