Last week I joined a small group of foodies like myself at Animal. We began with an excellent bottle of Reisling which was recommended by the host who greeted us warmly. I really enjoyed ordering as the dishes seemed so exotic and unusual.
In my opinion the food did not fit the hype.
It was gastronomical gymnastics.
the Pig's Ear had little to do with the pig and was more about the adornments and I found that to be disappointing. Why not just take some good pork and do something wonderful with it? The Sweetbreads were breaded and fried and I could not detect the taste of the sweetbreads but the batter and frying made for a tasty dish. For some reason I got a bad "Flat Iorn Steak" which had plenty of gristle and just was not good. The chicken liver toasts were nothing special.
The patrons are an unusual crowd. We are often at great LA eateries, but as we looked around the restaurant none of us had ever seen any of them before. Who are these folks? Is it a young film crowd? Not particularly interesting. All this being said, these are creative chefs and we may try their seafood restaurant. But our visit to Animal was a one time thing.
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