The huge space that was Towne in the WaterMarke Tower has turned into one of the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles. Faith & Flower is the newest project from David Bernahl and Rob Weakley (LA Food and Wine, 1833), and Stephane Bombet (formerly a partner of Picca and all of Ricardo Zarate's restaurants). Faith & Flower's kitchen is headed by Executive Chef Michael Hung whom they had recruited from San Francisco who has previously worked with Traci des Jardins.
For appetizers, don't miss the New York Steak Tartare, uni cream, kombu seaweed, black sesame ($14)
People were raving about the sea urchin toast, but alas, I couldn't have it that night. The chef had sent back the uni he got because he wasn't happy with the quality. I'm glad he has high standards though, I'll just have to return for the uni toast. Instead, I tried the Dungeness Crab Toast with jicama, pickled sea beans, green goddess aioli ($15)
The sous chef Michelle Minori hailed from San Francisco's Flour+Water, so there's bound to be some great pasta and pizza here. My favorite dish of the night was the Oxtail agnolotti, bone marrow butter, tangerine salsa, beef tendon chicharrones ($17)
If you want more pasta (I know I always do), try the Organic egg noodles, Berkshire pork and miso bolognese, daikon radish, ginger ($16)
The pizza crust here is also excellent. I love the fun Eggs Benedict Pizza, smoked bacon, spinach, Hollandaise sauce ($16)
Do not miss the cocktails here!
A must try is the English Milk Punch (recipe from the 1862 book "How To Mix Drinks"): Smith & Cross, Appleton, and Bacardi 8 rums, Bulleit bourbon, Batavia Arrack, Pernod absinthe, pineapple, sencha tea, which then undergoes a milk clarification process that takes 3 days.
Because of the long processing, there are only 15 of these available every night and you better get one. It's one of the best cocktails I've had recently and I just can't get it out of my mind.
Olvera (Nuestra Soledad mezcal, Cherry Heering, Zirbenz stone pine liqueur, Royal Combier, F&F orange bitters, Lapsang Souchong vapor - $14)
It wasn't entirely my intention to keep ordering the cocktails with a tea component, but I do love tea and I love my smoky cocktails.
Rib eye steak, grilled over mesquite, served in a vermouth and oyster jus (shown here is the 24oz for $59)
Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, grilled over mesquite, with country ham gravy ($23)
|Crisped skin on the potatoes|
|Execute Chef Michael Hung|
I didn't have a single bad dish at Faith and Flower. There are so many things to try, but alas, my stomach could only fit so much ... I'll just have to come back and perhaps finally try that uni toast! And that English Milk Punch will be a must every time it's available.
Faith & Flower
705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015