Faith & Flower

Restaurants, Californian Downtown
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It can be hard to tell when opulent becomes too showy. Sometimes the line is blurred, like when you are drinking water out of an arguably gaudy goblet, and in the next moment a beautiful, herb-laden cocktail topped with Italian merengue lands infront of you. Or when a restaurant's menu is a book—literally, a thick book with a table of contents, one that only uses the first ten pages or so to list menu items before fading into 100 blank pages that you might flip through at first, confused. What do we need a book menu for? At Faith & Flower, a contemporary restaurant Downtown that focuses on California cuisine, the aim is to merge 1920s and modern day aesthetic. But the effect often feels too much, too forced and too in-your-face. 

Case in point: the deviled Jidori eggs. In theory it is a fascinating mash-up of deviled eggs and kimchi, but in reality it left us wanting one or the other (and picking sesame seeds out of our teeth). The egg's texture was fine and not too rubbery; the kimchi decent, although I've certainly had better. But together it was a perplexing combination that inspired neither a "Delicious!" nor a "I can't belive this hasn't been done before." The Dungeness crab toast, however, was a more successful experience. At a time when toast is being used as a vehicle for dishes normally served sans bread, it was refreshing to see one that made sense. Here, sweet and flaky crab is accompanied by avocado chunks and onions, and refreshing bites of citrus and frisée. This is when you should pay good money for toast—it was, by far, our favorite dish. We also enjoyed a fennel and citrus salad with a sharp vinegar finish. Pistachios, onions, cabbage and radicchio is topped with shaved Idiazabal, a Spanish cheese, for a unique combination of ingredients that results in a refreshing and light bite.

From there, though, the rest of our meal was underwhelming. A bowl of hand rolled cavatelli was gummy in texture and tasted of little else but goat cheese. While the asparagus tossed in was cooked perfectly, there is such a thing as too much cheese, and so everything else incorporated in the pasta was enveloped with the cheese's creamy, potent flavor. Perhaps a pizza might have been better, and seeing our neighboring diners with one, I asked the couple about their fennel and mushroom variety. "Eh," they said with a shrug. Dessert (by pastry chef Indelisa Zarate) was a toss-up: a strawberry Breton came highly recommended and was, in fact, a beautiful plate of strawberry gelato surrounded by dollops of star anise meringue and disks of almond spongecake. I liked it far more than the pistachio financier with cherries, with its dry, two-bite tarts and a cherry gelato that was a little too sweet.

By the time we had finished our meal, the restaurant was still buzzing with men in suits and well-heeled women waiting for a table by the bar, elaborate cocktail in hand. They looked beautiful. The restaurant looked beautiful. The box that our check arrived in—a gold-trimmed, glass case with compartments that held precious dried flowers—looked beautiful. And in many cases, our dishes had looked beautiful as well. I just wish there had been a little more substance behind it all.

What to Eat: Fennel and citrus salad ($10). Dungeness crab toast ($10). Strawberry Breton ($8).

What to Drink: For all the lackluster dishes we had, our drinks were outstanding. Expertly crafted cocktails elicited a sigh before we even had a chance to take a sip. The Vaudeville, a vodka-based drink with lemon, raspberry gum and aromatic bitters, is topped with a sprig of rosemary and Italian merengue. While it may smell a little perfume-y at first, it soon becomes clear why it is one of Faith & Flower's more popular drinks: crisp and complex, the cocktail transports you to somewhere else entirely (Gatsby's mansion, perhaps?). Another pick, the Stormy Phosphate ($12), is an elevated Dark & Stormy with Lost Spirits Navy Style rum, lime gum, acid phosphate and a delightful house brewed ginger beer. I would most certainly return for a pre-dinner drink or two (though at $12-$14 per cocktail, two is probably enough).

Where to Sit: Faith & Flower is far too glamorous inside to sit on the patio, where you might be subjected to the noise of busy Downtown traffic. Inside there are comfortable booths that divide the restaurant from the bar, and seats alongside the expansive windows allow diners to look out onto Flower Street. Just be mindful of the sun—a recent visit at dusk had one of us shielding our eyes as the light came through filmy curtains even after we changed tables.

Conversation Piece: The name Faith & Flower continues the restaurant's trend of paying homage to both the Roaring Twenties and modern day: Flower Street, where it is located today, used to be named Faith Street in the '20s.

By: Erin Kuschner

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Venue name: Faith & Flower
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Address: 705 W 9th St
Los Angeles
90015
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm; Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-midnight; Sat 10:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-midnight; Sun 10:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-10pm
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tastemaker

Faith and Flower restaurant serves great ambiance and decor along with the food. The menu comes in the middle of an old, leather bound book, and the table is set with ornate silverware, much in line with its luxurious style.


You definitely want to try a cocktail from their bar. I was absolutely blown away by this English Milk Punch cocktail, originating from a classic 1862 recipe. They said this cocktail took 4 years to create, takes 3 days to make in small batches. They served it in a miniature glass milk bottle. The smooth and silky drink is clear, but made from bourbon, rum, bitters, Pernod, sent tea and clarified milk. 


Following that came one of the tastiest and most unexpected salads I’ve ever encountered - Celery Root and Kohlrabi salad. Thin shavings of each vegetable toped little gem lettuce with a housemade ranch dressing and large amounts of toasted nori and black sesame seeds, giving this salad a creamy and earthy flavor. 


The Deviled Jidori Eggs were mixed in with Korean chili, kimchi, scallions and more black sesame seeds.


The pasta dish satisfied on other levels as well Oxtail Agnolotti with bone marrow butter, crunchy beef tendon chicharrones and Asian pear salsa. Yes, yes and yes. The brothy sauce worked well in this rich plate of pasta and meat.


Another creamy yet fairly light dish - the Dungeness Crab Risotto with fried garlic chips and cilantro.


Confit Duck Leg - crisped in a wood oven, with pears, quince puree, red wine glaze and mustard seeds.


Seared Steelhead Trout - with roasted chiogga beets, root vegetable mousseline, citrus butter sauce and blood oranges. The light, crunchy skinned fish went so well with the earthy vegetables and fresh greens and citrus.


Warm Roasted Squash and Peppers -  with honey vinaigrette and berbere spice. Coming out in a skillet, this comfort dish felt like a warm hug. It was a bit on the sweeter side as caramelized squashes tend to be.


After all this soulful food, we needed a bit of a break. But one simply cannot go away without their bountiful tray of Mignardisses. What a delightful dessert choice for the table to share. Each handmade chocolate, biscuit and marshmallow was explained to us before we dug in.


Food here consistently knocks it out of the park. I mostly come for lunch but have also had dinner and brunch here once.


Their Prime Beef Picadillo is a surprising standout, with delicious garlic fried rice. We ordered the Scallop Ceviche on a whim and were pleased by how good the taro chips were. When we picked up the Eggs Benedict Pizza, I wished we'd gotten a second one so I could have some more... And I love the kimchi flavoring that comes through in the deviled eggs.


Their Oxtail Agnolotti is another favorite, but it's not available during brunch hours.

tastemaker

I normally do not like DTLA, but Faith & Flower is decent. The interior of the restaurant (including the bathroom) is clean and decorative. For some reason it reminds me of a place that “Gossip Girl” might choose for a NY bar/restaurant scene - if the series was still filming.

The food is tapas style - the thing I’ll say about the food is when it’s a hit, it’s a hit, when it’s a miss, it’s a miss. Can’t go wrong with any of the meat dishes (steak tartare, pork) or any of the pastas involving meat. Get the butter bread!! (so simple but chewy and delicious – not sure if it’s listed on the menu). 


For dessert, there was some kind of dish that incorporated coffee (which is actually not brown…?) I don’t know what it was but it was awesome! (and hopefully not seasonal, but have a picture of it below for reference). Definitely skip unnecessary dishes like the deviled eggs or any of the salads which can be underwhelming or you can get anywhere. 


They have great pasta dishes and I like the decor of this place.  The service seemed a little short-staffed when I was there, but hopefully it was just a one-time thing.  I'll be back.

moderatortastemaker

Faith and Flower is beautiful!! I really close the decor of the restaurant and it has a separate bar that is equally as gorgeous. When I went for lunch, I had their kale salad which came with a ginger dressing, super yummy! I'm looking forward to trying their pasta and pizza next time I go.

tastemaker

The space is very well decorated, giving a good ambience. The staff is friendly, and try everything to guarantee that you're comfortable. Went there, by chance, on a Saturday for brunch, and the experience was good. The waitresses starts the service by asking if its your first time there and then, according to your answer they try to assist in any way possible. I tried the downtown breakfast and the toasted bread with in house made jam, which was delicious! (When leaving, I forgot my scarf, and only noticed past a few hours – when I called in, they immediately said that it was there, and that they were available, even at closing hours, during the afternoon, which was a plus.)