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Animal Restaurant
New American Restaurant$$
Today 6:00 – 11:00 pm
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435 N Fairfax Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036
435 North Fairfax AvenueUSCaliforniaLos Angeles90036
(323) 782-9225
$$New American RestaurantToday 6:00 – 11:00 pm
Monday 6:00 – 11:00 pmTuesday 6:00 – 11:00 pmWednesday 6:00 – 11:00 pmThursday 6:00 – 11:00 pmFriday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amSaturday 6:00 pm – 12:00 amSunday 6:00 – 11:00 pm
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Trendy, minimalist New American restaurant celebrated for its offal specialties & other meat plates.- Google
"...liver toast, fried pig ear, barbeque pork belly sandwich, oxtail poutine..."
"You won't think to get the chicken liver toast, but you should get it."
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Cj Rocks
a week ago
You've lost, that loving feeling. Woo-oo, that loving feeling. Inflated prices, wine prices that belong only in Bel Air (and at least there you might get a pour that's actually 6oz.), and an empty feeling, not to mention your pocket book. Even worse, I tried their new Italian venture across the street, and it's even more impersonal. Limited wines by the glass, and somewhat okay food. You should know it's all part of a corporate restaurant group, including Petit Teois/Trois Mec, and who knows what else. My biggest problem is over the ridiculous wines by the glass, and then they don't even give you a real pour. It's 2/3 or half of a normal pour. I can actually buy the bottle for slightly less than one of their glasses. If you're a trendy hipster who doesn't care about quality vs value, you'll love it. If you've actually been to Italy, good luck. I can't imagine this will suffice. I will say this. The staff is amenable and polite. And I normally over tip for good service, even if I'm not crazy about the food and price. But they've instituted a mandatory tip in the bill of 18%. Honestly, it's insulting. Since you've taken away my right to decide, and you the proprietor refuses to assume this cost like most European restaurants do, I will never ever add to the "additional gratuity" portion of the check. Either take responsibility for your servers like they do in France and Italy, or let me decide. It's like they can't make up their mind whether the glass is half full and half empty...let me tell you, in this case, the glass is mostly empty, in more ways than one. PS: I'm not a hater. There are lots of great eateries which I love in this town. This just isn't one of them. This tastes more like greed than gourmet. I've gone back numerous times to their establishments, and have tried to like them. And I doubt this revue will hurt them, given the overwhelming number of foodie-sycophants in LA who don't know the difference. But this is most likely the last time I will ever give any of their restaurants my dime. PSS...word to the wise. I have to share a recent experience at one of my favorite restaurants. This weekend, I had dinner at Ink on Melrose. They had a dish that featured a healthy serving of seared Foie Gras, for $15. Both Animal and Petit Trois charge upwards of $30 to $40 dollars for a similar dish, with a rather chincy serving of Foie. And no one can argue the quality of the food at Ink. And their wines are fairly priced and accurately poured. Enough said.
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Christopher Eng
2 months ago
special occasion? this is my go-to because of its: incredibly unique, memorable menu items that leave you inspired no-frills dining experience that focused on the food reservations are tough but not impossible price/ value is amazing. go!
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Annie Lin
5 months ago
I finally got to try Animal! ...but I wasn't too impressed. I feel this is a restaurant you visit for the experience, but not the taste of the food. The dishes are all very unique. The bone marrow, beef tendon chip with pho tasting sauce, and the jack rabbit larb lettuce wrap dish were a couple of my favorites. My absolute favorite however...was the dessert!! The cheesecake pudding, passion fruit/pineapple guava/graham was just absolutely divine. I think Animal has some improvements they can do on food presentation but overall a good experience.
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Lisa Tran
5 months ago
So during this meal, no words were really exchanged except about the food. No, this wasn't an awkward first date. And I'm known to talk a lot except for when I'm eating good food. And this meal was hella mo'effin GOOOOOOOD. They have a 16 minute grace period. So, if you make it 16 minutes late to your reservation, they'll still honor it! This place is small so be here on time. Account for the lack of parking too if you want to opt out of valet. But I was lucky to find meter parking right in front of the restaurant. Okay let's talk about the food . Still/sparkling water is just 20 cents per person. What fancy restaurant does this?! Chicken liver toast. BombDOTcom. Seriously. It's just one small piece of baguette for $3. But it's worth it. The miso paste they put on top just complements the moist chicken liver spread so well. But miso paste tastes good with everything. Anyways, a must try! Next is the sweetbreads. I had NO idea what a sweetbread is, but my friend recommended it. It was okay. Not memorable. The sweetbread tasted like fried chicken. I didn't even take a picture of it because I didn't really like it. I bit into this piece of fruit on the plate. The dim lighting in this place + my nightblindedness made think it was some sort of sweet fruit. But it was a lemon. And my face puckered up like no other. Next I got the bone marrow, something I really wanted last time but never got to try. Surprisingly, the bread itself was the star of the dish. I just really like perfectly toasted bread that exudes a crunch everytime I bite. It was light, fluffy, yet crunchy. Bone marrow, if you haven't had it before, is used as a thick spread on top of the bread. I couldn't taste the chimichurri. Probably because the bone marrow had so much flavor. It was this emulsion of garlicy, umami filled goodness. Eating it by itself would've been too intense, but that's why the bread is there! The last one is the foie gras moco loco. Last time I had it, I fell in love. This time, I fell in like. Breaking that quail egg and letting the yolk ooze through the dish was step #1. Next was gathering each layer and scooping it into the sauce on the bottom. Very Asian tasting but still so good. They donate $1 from each foie gras dish to this organization. Although on the menu, it does say to ask how we can reverse the foie gras ban. I ironically was too fixated on the dish itself to ask, but I'm going to google it! Lastly, but most importantly, the BEERS we got. So good. So refreshing. We got the Session Premium Lager, and Ginga Kogen Beer (Japan). These were recommended by the waiter. The Lager was a big stronger and had more OOMPH, ya know? Not too much oomph. But I really liked it. The Ginga Kogen is a pale ale. Very light and refreshing. Both def quenched my thirst more than the water did. The bill ended up being $83 :|. YUP. I left there still hungry though... so we went to a sushi restaurant afterwards hahaha.
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Mariette Raynor
a week ago
Came here with a group of gals from lunch. service was a little slow but food was hot and delicious. Waiter did an awesome job for group of 12. We will return.
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Ellen C Lovelidge
5 months ago
This bare bones head-to-tail restaurant in the middle of Fairfax is a must do for meat and fish lovers. They have the most unique dishes with food pairings and presentations that blow your mind. You have to start with the chicken liver toast. Two of us split about five dishes and were in heaven at the end of our meal. To eat such rare and delicious dishes in one meal was a dream. Make sure you get reservations as this place is popular.
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Melanie Huynh
5 months ago
Overhyped. After my meal here I felt like I paid too much for a meal that I wasn't that satisfied with. My friend and I came here after a last minute decision and we were lucky enough to grab a seat at the bar, which doesn't require a reservation to sit at. The bar offers the full menu and is great for a group of 2-3. I ordered the chicken liver toast, fried pig ear, barbeque pork belly sandwich, oxtail poutine, and bacon chocolate crunch bar. Out of everything I had, the chicken liver toast is an absolute must! The appetizer is less than $5 and had me wishing I ordered another one. The fried pig ear was nothing special and tasted like pork rinds. My friend really enjoyed the barbeque pork belly sandwich (which is the size of a slider), but myself not so much. The oxtail poutine was very bland and it wasn't worth how much we paid for it. The bacon chocolate crunch bar was interesting and definitely something to try, but I probably wouldn't eat it again. Overall, the meal we had here wasn't worth the amount we paid.
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