I think the last time I went out on a Saturday night on the Sunset strip may have been when Miyagis’ was my idea of sushi (and still in business). Those were fun times. Dinner at Miyagi’s followed by drinks at the Sky Bar. Thanks to Facebook, I saw a friend post she was at the soft opening for Herringbone, a Brian Malarkey restaurant. With friends, family, and clients in San Diego, I knew about Malarkey and his restaurants Herringbone, Searsucker, and Gabardine. I’d been to Herringbone in La Jolla and was excited to give the LA outpost a try. By the way one thing you will learn about me is that when it comes to restaurants, I try not to be a repeat offender. Sure I have my favorites but if we are going to get a babysitter and invest in a night out, we want to try something new and get out of the little (though lovely) bubble where we live.
Herringbone is located in the Mondrian in the space formerly occupied by Asia de Cuba. Our reservation was for 8pm and we arrived a little early. This was the second night the restaurant was open to the public so my expectations about the service were not too high. That being said from the time we arrived, the service was flawless. In fact this did not seem like a restaurant that just opened.
Perhaps it is because I don’t go out out (yes I meant to write out twice) very often but the people watching was as much a highlight as the food. I felt like I was watching a mash up episode of the Real Housewives + Kardashians + Shahs of Beverly Hills. Given the unseasonable heat we are experiencing in Los Angeles women were out in their short shorts,cropped tops, and bustiers. They were rocking these outfits and had the bodies to go along with them. I’m not sure they were the type that would/could really enjoy a meal (can you really look like that and eat) but we had fun watching as they strutted to their tables like the walk was a runway.
The food. Yes we came there because of the food. The menu was Herringbone’s signature “Fish Meats Field” fare. For starters we ordered the carne asada fries, lamb and smoked salmon tartar, wood fired octopus, and apple and cheddar salad. My husband who does not like the potato product loved the carne asada fries. After all what isn’t there to love when something is smothered in short ribs, cheese, guacamole, and pico de gallo. While I was scared to try the salmon and lamb tartar it was far and away my favorite thing on the menu. If I was a sophisticated food writer I might be able to tell you about the complex combination of flavors, etc but I’m not so all I will say is that it was delicious, I loved it, and if you go you must order this appetizer. The octopus was okay and I didn’t try the salad.
I’m trying to clean up my diet and eating habits. I’ll definitely blog about this later but I have to be honest and tell you I was that person – I stuck to veggies for my entree – yummy brussel sprouts and roasted root vegetables (don’t judge me). But, the following entrees were ordered at the table – seared diver scallops, king crab pasta, sausage & salami pizza. Everything was tasty though I might advise against ordering pizza. The report was that it was good but I don’t think this is a restaurant you go to for the pizza. The brussels sprouts were amazing (4 out of 4 gave thumbs up). The crab pasta was met with a “it was okay” and the diver scallops received an enthusiastic response. My friends had the donuts for dessert and they were “the best thing they have TASTED.”
Oh I should have mentioned this earlier but the signature cocktails looked great. My friends each had 2 Peter Rabbit’s (Pimm’s #1, Bruised Basil, Pressed Lemon, & Pickled Carrot) so that must mean they were good. All in all I would add Herringbone to your list of places to try. I for one had a fabulous time out with my husband and two of our good friends.
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