Okay, let me start by saying that I am a fan of Industriel restaurant on Grand Avenue in DTLA. I love their urban farm cuisine. I love everything about it, well… almost everything. If you have not dined there yet, they describe their food as “cuisine served up by your grandmother in her farmhouse in Provence, France, with one little twist: Your grandmother has sleeve tattoos.” Their food and drinks are unique and innovative, so we were excited to check it out during Dine L.A., a two-week long dining event held across Los Angeles.
Industriel has a great cocktail menu with some awesome concoctions, and the prices are very reasonable. Their signature cocktails are all $8 each. I started with the Penny Dreadful, a hibiscus based cocktail with vodka, Lillet, edlerflower and lime. It’s a perfect pre-dinner drink… crisp and clean. They also have a nice selection of beers and wines.
We decided to start with the baked brie ($14) off the shared plate menu. It’s warm wedge of melted brie topped with pumpkin seeds, honey and sage served with sliced baguette. So far, so good. Everything has been great, including the service.
Now it is time to order, and we decide to order off the special Dine L.A. menu that offers up items that are not on the standard menu. For $29 you get your choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert. I started with the watermelon and cactus salad with whipped mascarpone and red leaf topped with almonds and citrus vinaigrette. My husband went for the quinoa salad. The quinoa is served red because it is prepared with beets, then topped with Persian cucumbers, feta, dill and red wine vinaigrette. Both dishes were good, but a bit boring. They lacked a pop of flavor that you expect from Industriel.
For the main course, I ordered the cola braised short rib served with celery root puree. I loved the pineapple kimchi and the crispy black rice additions, but otherwise the meat was way too fatty and the puree was a bit bland. My husband decided on the bronzino fish dish. Again, it was a bit dull.
Dine L.A. diners have a choice of chocolate croissant bread pudding or almond horchata pot du creme for dessert. We both wanted the bread pudding… and I didn’t want to share, so we got two servings of the bread pudding. The bread pudding was topped with walnuts, toasted marshmallows and chocolate sauce. The dessert portion was just the right size. In hindsight, I probably should have tried the pot du creme and shared. My bad.
Again, please don’t interpret this wrong… I am a fan of Industriel, just not the choices we made off the Dine L.A. menu. If you are looking for a great restaurant in DTLA, please give Industriel a try. The standard menu is great. The interior space is interesting and the service is right on.
Industriel 609 South Grand Avenue (at 6th Street) 213.488.8020 industrielfarm.com