Dinner at Rappahannock Oyster Bar at The Row in DTLA

Dinner at Rappahannock Oyster Bar at The Row in DTLA

Loaded inside The Row DTLA, Rappahannock Oyster Bar is the lone dining option here for dinner for the time being, and it’s quite an unusual dining experience, especially if you sit out in their outdoor patio as the rest of the complex is close for the night, and there are no cars nor people around.

Chef Nick Erven reemerges after his much acclaimed veganish restaurant Erven in Santa Monica closed a couple of years ago.  I didn’t order anything from the raw bar, but the small dishes I had were solid.  The Dungeness Crab is a delicate dish that was quite refreshing for the unusually hot summer night we endured while dining al fresco (our party was too big to be accommodated indoors).  The Uni Corn was fun and tasty to eat.  It was savory, sour, and sweet as well.

The entrees seem to still need some tweaking, especially the Fried Mary’s Half Chicken, which was deep fried beyond that golden brown.

Service here was very attentive, and that attitude of the staff was very friendly and accommodating.  There is a way to take drive up to the parking spaces that are adjacent to the restaurant, you just have to enter the road just west of the parking structure from the south end of the complex after you enter from either Center St or Bay St off Alameda St.

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Dinner at Bavel in the DTLA Arts District

20180609_183700Dinner at Bavel in the DTLA Arts District

The husband and wife team of Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis who brought us the ever so popular Italian-centric Bestia in the DTLA Arts District has now opened up a new restaurant a few blocks away that focus on Middle Eastern fare called Bavel. Like Bestia, the dishes are crafted for sharing with your table mates. Like Bestia, the service is solid, and the food is delicious.

Don’t come here if you’re on a low-carb diet because you’ll miss out on some really good bread/pita breads/laffa. Must haves for me are the Foie Gras Halva, Lamb Neck Shawarma and the Grilled Shitake Mushrooms.

The space has better aesthetics than Bestia. Though it can get loud inside and in the patio, it’s still a much more pleasant place to dine at than Bestia.