Birch Los Angeles Review

Birch Los Angeles Review

Our Rating

Was looking forward to dinner with my friend Oli, but the issue with two food obsessed people planning dinner is the number of emails that fly with options and ideas. We probably booked more than 4 different restaurants and then changed, and changed again until we eventually settled on Birch Los Angeles, as it was closer to the hotel versus our downtown back-up. The restaurant is in Hollywood which is a mix of dodgy, upcoming and cool. Birch is simple and charming, and on Sundays they have a limited menu of a five options for starters and main and one dessert for $35, which is a great deal. Their wine bottles are also half price on Sundays. We had no idea about that so it was an added bonus.

We started with some creative and unique cocktails and then moved on to tasty food. Since there were 4 of us, so we were able to order almost  the entire menu, and as we are all sharers, trying everything.

Birch Los Angeles Review

What we ate:
Hamachi crudo, horseradish, grapefruit, serrano peppers
: it was fine but the night before, I had an insanely good crudo at Republique and this one was a bit bland in comparison.

Birch Los Angeles Review

Sweet shrimp and avocado toast: a new take on the current darling “avocado toast” with little shrimp tossed in a light mayo on top. Good, but didn’t blow us away.

Birch Los Angeles Review

Octopus salad: delicious greens and well grilled tender octopus in a lemon and parsley vinaigrette.

Birch Los Angeles Review

Grilled summer corn: very cool presentation, with the corn on the cob served vertically and smeared with shaved truffles and mascarpone. The best of the starters.  The corn was deliciously sweet and paired perfectly with the rich creamy mascarpone, and truffles are always a bonus!

Birch Los Angeles Review

Jonah crab capellini: this was the ugliest but tastiest among the main courses! The pasta was swimming in an abundant pool of crab cream with herbs. Crabby, umami, rich and delicious.

Birch Los Angeles Review
Seared scallops, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, pine nut raisin vinaigrette:  Nicely seared scallops and an interesting combination of flavours, but the other mains were even better.

Birch Los Angeles Review

Rabbit Baklava: this is their signature dish and it is unique and creative with rabbit enveloped in filo pastry, topped with miniature rabbit racks and plumb bright cherries. Not overly sweet (which was the fear when we read baklava) and very well assembled.

Birch Los Angeles Review

Sunchoke curry: this was our waiter’s favourite dish and it was delicious. The sunchokes were nicely caramelised from the roasting process but served in a light and spicy curry with broccolini, kohlrabi and peppers keeping the sunchokes company…very good!

Birch Los Angeles Review

White chocolate bread pudding, strawberry and white chocolate coulis: there was only one dessert option and we were a bit disappointed that they didn’t have the sticky toffee from their online menu. I also had eaten bread pudding at Republique and then for brunch at my friend HJs so I would have preferred a different option. But despite not loving white chocolate, this was very good. The strawberry sauce was amazing and the bread pudding was very moist. It was also a very generous portion and I just ate half as we had plans to go get ice cream for National ice cream day (such suckers for newly created food holidays).

Birch Los Angeles Review

In sum: tasty and creative California cuisine with a fun middle-eastern twist but service could be better ad even though it was tasty, I am not in LA often and there are other places I like better.

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1634 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Birch Los Angeles Review

Birch Los Angeles Review

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1 Comment

  • Reply August 10, 2015

    Oliver

    Had such a great evening with you and Stewart! That rabbit baklava and the truffled corn were (quoting Sam…) insane!

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