This new restaurant in downtown LA has a rather confusing tagline: "urban farm cuisine"? It doesn't prevent them from being completely packed during Dine LA Restaurant Week though. The tagline is supposed to embody the fact that they're in downtown but uses local farm-fresh ingredients (though many other downtown restaurants do these days, without the tagline).
The menu was divided into different price levels: $11, $14, and $19 (and a couple of "market price" options). The restaurant's website says they serve Provencal French cuisine, but there were only a few Provencal specialties on the menu (like bouillabaise and barigoule) and many other influences from Italian to Russian.
We started with a Crispy soft poached egg, speck, asparagus, mustard truffle dressing ($14)
Quinoa, roasted mushrooms, pecan, kale, caramelized shallot vinaigrette ($11)
I enjoyed this healthy and savory dish, especially with the generous amount of roasted mushrooms. LA OC Foodie thought it would've been better if it was served hot, though I was fine with it since it was a warm night.
The cocktails are $12 each. I tried the Mexi-Cal: Ilegal Mezcal Jovin, kumquats, ginger, jalapeno, orange juice, habanero sugar rim. It was too spicy for me, we both preferred the cocktail LA OC Foodie ordered, Ria's Downfall: Industriel barrel aged whiskey, black plum shrub, fresh lemon juice.
Skull and Bones: bone marrow, tongue and cheek marmalade, grilled baguette ($14)
"Goachetta", chevre gnocchi, rapini, mint, olives, red pepper sugo ($19)
Pelmini, rabbit, shiitake, mascarpone, pearl onion, sage, truffle oil, pecorino ($19)
For dessert I wanted the Peach and apricot crisp, toasted almond streusel, creme fraiche ice cream, raspberry sauce ($8)
Double espresso pot au creme, hazelnut shortbread, whipped cream ($8)
Name and tagline aside, the food that we tried was pretty good though a couple dishes could use some small tweaks. The price scheme reminded me of XIV when they first opened and I'm not sure how I feel about that. Some dishes are a good value for that price section, but some do not seem to be - why not just price each dish individually? Either way it's another fun addition to this part of downtown LA (bone marrow, tongue and cheek!) and I think it will continue to be busy, not just for Dine LA week.
Industriel: Urban Farm Cuisine
609 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Disclosure: this meal was hosted