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Fish or Flesh

Restaurants, American creative Downtown Arts District
Fish or Flesh Lost Spirits Distillery tasting menu
Photograph: Jesse Hsu

Time Out says

You're in the jungle and draped in furs, sipping vintage champagne from dainty teacups. You're also in a former parking lot in the center of the Arts District. Fish or Flesh is unlike anything we've ever seen, and that's because the minds who created the city's most whimsical distillery tour just gave us L.A.'s most immersive, mystifying and primal new tasting menu: That's right, the team behind Lost Spirits Distillery—they who built a sailable river through their booze factory—now own a restaurant. A 10-or-so-course procession of dishes inspired by The Island of Doctor Moreau arrives on swords, in ceramic animals, or carried on wooden planks to the sound of dramatic drums. It's beautiful, it's creative, it's an unreal experience, and it's helmed by Taylor Persh, a Trois Mec vet who works culinary magic to turn cocktails into fried doughnuts and a whole pig's head into delicate, elegant morsels. The meal runs two hours, but also includes an additional tour of the distillery—which you don't want to miss—so grab some friends, take a seat at the long wooden table, and spend a night reveling in this weirdness.



Address: 1200 E 5th St
Los Angeles
Price: $$$$
Opening hours: Fri-Sun, various tasting times available
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