Artisan House took over a large corner on Main St, with its market on one side and the restaurant and bar on the other. While I've walked through the market, I haven't heard much about the restaurant until I came in to try it myself.
Chef Maureen d'Ath (formerly of Cecconi's) recently took over the kitchen in this Mediterranean-slanted restaurant, with dishes like Roasted cauliflowers in turmeric, harissa, and pinenuts ($9)
My favorite dish was the Chutney-stuffed, Prosciutto-wrapped quail, parsnip purée, endive, cranberry and walnut chutney ($18)
There's a relatively small cocktail list but I was able to find a couple that looks good, like The Steam Punk (their Moscow Mule, and a good version, $12) and The Caulfield (gin, lavender syrup, lime, grapefruit, grapefruit peel, $10). The lavender aroma isn't too strong but definitely there in The Caulfield.
The Steamed mussels in white wine, garlic, onion, parsley, tomatoes ($17) was not my favorite. I found the broth to be a bit weak, and the addition of tomatoes were interesting, but I'm not sure I liked them.
On the other hand, try the Tilapia en Papillote, rosemary, white wine, thyme, olive oil, Freesno chili ($26)
Pork medallions, roasted apple, braised cabbage, hazelnuts ($24)
It was very rich, but I actually really liked the frozen pumpkin cheesecake w sweet corn ice cream
If you want something lighter, then try Lychee "martini" (lychee sorbet with yuzu and violet liqueur)
Simple but very refreshing. The lychee sorbet was excellent.
Our waiter insisted that the chef bring us another dessert, which was the waiter's favorite. It was a spicy Mexican chocolate ice cream and I'm so glad he did this, because this may have been my favorite! It's got quite a kick but so good ...
600 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Disclosure: this meal was hosted.