Fellow, previously only open for lunch, is finally open for dinner. And what's better than a free dinner?
Not quite convinced by the end result. One of the three owners works the bar; the El Camino cocktail was best described as good enough? The production process is entertaining, but it's not something you'd crave on your next visit. The appetizers floating around were even less interesting, although like the drinks, execution appeared to be fundamentally solid.
The salad with toasted quinoa was perhaps the best item on the menu, with the toasted quinoa adding a distinctive crunch. Deep fried tofu with mushrooms and green beans was as tasty as the salad, at least when hot and fresh, while the braised beef cheek was one of the most flavorful I've had.
Salmon was perfectly cooked and well seasoned, but ultimately felt a bit lacking in sheer deliciousness. Even if there was enough going on in the dish that you were satisifed-- might be a theme here? Ditto for the acron squash, which, to be fair, generally isn't a dish that is ever memorable. The curried brussels sprouts were a nice change from bacon, and tasty, but something about them dampens my recommendation. And the beignets... weren't. They were more like sopaipilla, flat-ish and crunchy? Felt kind of misled by this last item on the menu.
Ultimately it was a tasty meal, headlined by the salad and the beef cheek. However, for the price of admission to a contemporary American restaurant in Los Angeles, you expect good food for your money, and they have a lot of competition in their price range. The final impression of the food is solid, tasty, even reaches to delicious in a few places, but ultimately falls a little short. Hopefully this event gets them some good PR and some good reviews?