What would a trip to LA be without dining at celebrity hotspots?
We went to Venice to lunch at Gjelina, a restaurant serving contemporary American food.
Even though we went at 2pm, we still had to wait half an hour for a table. We got seated at the WORST table, by the front window. It was so hot and was SWARMING with mosquitos. We took turns shooing away the mosquitos.. no wonder they got a B grade from the health department. I think the celebrities sit in their own special room cause seriously, I don’t think I would be returning if I had to seat in that spot again.
The food, however, was really good!
Tuscan kale, shaved fennel, radish, lemon, ricotta salata and breadcrumb…
Santa Barbara uni crudo, horseradish,chives and sea salt….
Grilled radicchio, bacon, fontina and confit tomato…
Duck Confit, chicory, persimmon, pine nuts and balsamic….
The whole dining experience (sweating and swatting mosquitoes) made this meal unbearable, even though the food was amazing. We wouldn’t be returning unless this restaurant can have air-con and be mosquito-free. For the price we paid, around 100 USD, I do not want to be sharing my meal with mosquitoes. This is how I eat while travelling in South-East Asia.. at a 10th of the price!
FAIM? OUI OUI!!
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291, United States