Jan 2020

Bar Restaurant – Los Angeles (Silver Lake)

Bar Restaurant - Los Angeles (Silver Lake)

The Astronomer and I checked out Bar Restaurant in Silver Lake during the Thanksgiving holiday while my in-laws were in town to provide free and enthusiastic child care. Black Friday may be the finest time to go out to dinner. Turkey-induced comas and over-charged credit cards make for mellow dining rooms across the city. Our kind of scene.

Bar Restaurant - Los Angeles (Silver Lake)

Here in this comfortable and quirky dining room, Bar Restaurant serves up a “not too serious neo-bistro” dining experience from Chef Douglas Rankin. He previously spent years behind the stoves at Trois Mec, Petit Trois, and the Bazaar.

Bar Restaurant - Los Angeles (Silver Lake)

Before diving into the Euro-Californian fare, The Astronomer and I sipped a cocktail each. I had my usual Old Fashioned, while he had the evening’s special, which was tall, gingery, and well-balanced.

Bar Restaurant - Los Angeles (Silver Lake)

To pair with the drinks were two lil’ snacks: a small heap of silky Bayonne ham ($14) and boquerones (marinated white anchovies) in a piquillo pepper sauce ($12). These perfect little nibbles set the tone for the evening.

Bar Restaurant - Los Angeles (Silver Lake)

For our official starters, a frisee salad with crispy potato and egg yolk bonito ($16) and a lamb tartar ($19). Both were delightful as can be.

Bar Restaurant - Los Angeles (Silver Lake)

We shared a trio of fantastic seafood dishes for our mains. The octopus with yam and pumpkin seed mojo ($21) was cooked and seasoned just right.

Bar Restaurant - Los Angeles (Silver Lake)

The rainbow trout with vadouvan rice and salsa verde ($32) was beautifully prepared as well, complete with crispy skin and tender flesh.

Bar Restaurant - Los Angeles (Silver Lake)

Best of all was Chef Rankin’s take on moules frites, a shallow bowl brimming with plump de-shelled mussels, a dijon emulsion, and curly fries — this was an updated classic that the world didn’t know it needed. 

Bar Restaurant - Los Angeles (Silver Lake)

To finish, apple pain perdu with brie anglaise ($13). Mmm…

With a name like Bar Restaurant, The Astronomer and I weren’t quite sure what to expect when we stepped into the space. But after drinks, snacks, mains, and dessert were had, we departed truly impressed with this cool and unexpected little spot.

Bar Restaurant
4326 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
Phone: 323-347-5557

One year ago: Nightshade – Los Angeles (Downtown)
Two years ago: Cassia – Santa Monica
Three years ago: 
Tết 2017: Not Your Grandma’s Bánh Chưng (InstaPot Edition)
Four years ago: 
Sadelle’s – New York
Five years ago: 
Lincoln – Pasadena
Six years ago: 
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon – Las Vegas (MGM Grand)
Seven years ago: 
Thịt Bò Xào Hành Tây – Vietnamese Stir-Fried Beef with Onions
Eight years ago: Moqueca Brazilian Cuisine – Oxnard
Nine years ago: OB Bear – Los Angeles (Koreatown)
Ten years ago: M Café de Chaya – Los Angeles (Beverly Hills)
Eleven years ago: Cajun Steamer – Birmingham
Twelve years ago: Ngự Viên – Ho Chi Minh City
Thirteen years ago: Pappardelle in Lemon Cream Sauce with Peas and Smoked Salmon

Previous Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *