Yes, we have a new favorite restaurant in DTLA. It’s Blacksmiths, a new contemporary American cuisine restaurant located between 4th and 5th Streets, just off of Main Street. For those of you who have lived in DTLA for a few years, you will remember the location as the former home of The Must. The 5,000 square foot space on the ground level of The Jeffries Loft building features a beautiful dining room and bar with soaring ceilings plus a large enclosed patio that overlooks the Shepard Fairy mural on historic Indian Alley. The restaurant has an industrial feel, but with chandeliers, mirrors, marble and rich woods. It’s a beautifully decorated space.
Okay, enough about the decor, let’s talk about the food. Wow. The menu is filled with some mouth-watering dishes. There are classic dishes with innovative twists, and then there are just some that are totally original combinations of flavors. I started with the Bacon Truffle Mac & Cheese ($15) served in an iron skillet. It’s traditional mac & cheese elevated by adding Béchamel sauce, black truffle peelings, Pecorino Romano and planko. Because this dish is so rich, it is a perfect appetizer for sharing.
My husband started with the Hamachi ($19) appetizer. I’m not the biggest fan of Hamachi, but OMG this dish was awesome. It’s thinly sliced yellow tail served in a citrus vinaigrette with avocado, mango, radish, micro greens and red jalapeno. Seriously, this was delicious. Needless to say, I shared the hell out my husband’s appetizer.
For our main course, my husband ordered the Pan Roasted Branzino ($21) served with crispy marble potatoes, sauteed broccolini and spinach in a pool of braised bacon yellow corn sauce. He loved the fish. The bacon sauce was a bit too rich for him, especially after all that decadent mac & cheese.
I could not decide on an entree, so I ordered two. (I wanted to order three, but I will order the Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich next time). My first round was the Roasted Bone Marrow ($22) served over butternut squash gnocchi with a bacon marmalade. These gnocchi were perfect, then add the bone marrow… PERFECTION. Get this, my second entree was even better. It was the Grilled Spanish Octopus ($22). This dish looked amazing, and tasted even better. The octopus was perfectly prepared and served with Okinawa puree, caramelized pineapple, picked red onions, sout tomatillos, crispy fava beans and a tangy sweet sauce. This was an explosion of flavors. The caramelized pineapple was so good… so so good.
I loved our first visit to Blacksmiths, and can’t wait for the second, third and fourth! The space was beautiful. The service was great. The food was spectacular and very reasonably priced. Blacksmiths is a welcome addition to all the great restaurants in DTLA… and right now, it’s at the top of our favorite restaurant list!
BLACKSMITHS 117 Winston Street (Between 4th and 5th Street, between Main and Spring Streets) 213.628.3847 blacksmithsla.com