A photographic exploration into the culinary world

On Saturday, August 17th, I dined at hot spot, Animal, in West Hollywood. I had tried their seafood restaurant, Son of a Gun, in the past and was looking forward to finally having the chance to try their first restaurant. When we walked in and were seated at our table, we were sadly disappointed by the setup. We felt like we were on top of our neighbors and even bumped elbows when trying to eat. We did not have any privacy and could literally hear every word of the conversation next to us. The staff was not very friendly when we asked if we could move to a bigger table and our server was not very accommodating either. Thankfully, the food was much better than the service and attitude of those working at the restaurant. Although the food was quite tasty, the service could be compared to that of a Chinese restaurant, only much slower. Maybe I’m spoiled from dining at fancy restaurants in San Francisco and elsewhere, but I’m pretty sure service should be better than what we experienced. It took over twenty minutes to get our first dish and our plates and glasses kept being taken away before we were even finished. My favorite dishes were the Almaco collar, Santa Barbara rock crab and Pork Belly sliders. I would give the food a solid A, but the service a C+ at most. That being said, I would give the restaurant an overall score of B+, only because the food was that good.

Here is the list of food we ate at Animal:

  • chicken liver toast
  • santa barbara rock crab
  • spicy beef tendon chip, charred onion pho dip
  • almaco collar, jerk spices, jicama, citrus, palm sugar
  • grilled quail, plum char-siu, apple, pear, yogurt, pomegranate¬†
  • roasted peaches, hazelnut, buttermilk, red currants, crispy ham
  • marrow bone, chimichurri, caramelized onions
  • kampachi tostada, herbs, fish sauce vinaigrette, peanut,
  • charred octopus, rancho gordo bean, pistou, dandelion
  • balsamic pork ribs, grilled heirloom squash, yuzu, green chili