Abe had a Dodger Dude Date last night so I made my own lady plans with Michelle and Andrea. Hmmm….where to go without my vegetarian husband?
There’s no sign on the door, but Animal has been very popular with the carnivores since they opened.
Despite it looking empty, there were no tables free – I had left a message on Monday for a reservation, but they never got it. Luckily, we arrived just as they opened, so there was seating left at the bar.
The menu is dizzying, filled with animal parts I’ve never heard of. Small plates, ranging from $10-$35.
We got a few dishes to share, starting with one of two vegetarian options – the shaved zucchini salad with pecorino, purslane, and sungold tomato
Smoked trout salad with corn vinaigrette, benton’s bacon, and crema
Hamachi tostada, herbs, fish sauce vinaigrette, and peanut
Michelle ordered the foie gras with biscuit and maple sausage gravy. I wasn’t too keen on eating goose liver, but I did try a bite. And then another one. (This actually wound up being my favorite dish.)
Finally, the barbeque pork belly sandwiches with slaw
Andrea doesn’t really eat pig, so Michelle and I each had our own slider. This is one the restaurant’s most popular dishes; a little too fatty and vinegar-y for me.
But all in all, the food was terrific! I definitely want to come back with other meat eaters and taste more.
We decided for a change of scenery after dinner.
Susina is a bakery/cafe that I’ve been to a couple times, but never blogged about.
Along with caramelized pear tea, I ordered a slice of the signature “Berry Blossom Cake” – described as “3 layers of Vanilla Sponge Cake brushed with orange liqueur, filled with white chocolate mousse, and fresh berries. Decorated with curmbled meringue and white chocolate shavings.”
But I tasted no orange liqueur, no meringue. Definitely no chocolate mousse. That was whipped topping on there. I think they gave me a regular shortcake instead?!?
Nonetheless, it was delicious – I attacked almost all of it. Cause I’m an animal.