Faith & Flower – Downtown LA Dining that Impresses Everyone

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The enchanting food and cocktails at Faith & Flower has been on my mind since I last dined there last year.  When a friend returned to LA a few weeks ago, I had to take her to Faith & Flower, because I knew she would love the food there. I also had a hunch that she would love the modern art deco architecture and decor of this restaurant considering she is in the field of interior design.

When we arrived, I found out that Chef Michael Hung was in the kitchen, which meant the food would be extra spectacular. Coincidentally, the menu had changed so some of the items that I had a few months earlier were no longer on the menu. However, the new menu was just as impressive with a good selection of modern California cuisine.

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Drinks started off with the Garden Cup cocktail from the bar. It was still Happy Hour until 6:30PM, so drinks were at a discounted price. This is a great cocktail to start versus the Lemon & Thyme cocktail, which is less potent. When my entire dinner party arrived, the hostess placed our beverages on a tray and led us to our table.

The dining area is quite majestic and ornate of decor from what I believe is the Los Angeles Art Deco period of the 1920s and 1930s. Truly, the beauty of this restaurant is the type of place to impress people from out of town, for a business dinner, or a date.  But you can’t rely on looks alone, because the food is impeccable. Overall, the cuisine is a highlight of California Cuisine. It is reminiscent of the cuisine that I’ve dined on in San Francisco that doesn’t fall short of creativity and flavor. There is also that slight Asian influence in a few dishes that reminds us of the Chef’s Asian heritage. 

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Placing the order for dinner was a cinch, because each dish was meant to be served family style for four people to share. So here’s what we ate….

Deviled Jidori Eggs
Fennel and Citrus Salad
Seared Steelhead Trout
Oxtail Agnolati
Roasted Squash and Peppers
Duck Confit Leg

A plate of Mignardises (a variety of tiny confections) for dessert with a cup of cappuccino.

The food is still spectacular! The Oxtail Agnolatti was still my favorite and the Seared Steelhead Trout was second best dish of the evening. Every dish we ordered was perfectly seasoned and the right temperature when it arrived to our table.

There is a lot to love about Faith & Flower that made a dining experience there a great one.  The service was superb; very hospitable the second that you step inside to check-in with the Host/Hostess. It was also warm and friendly when you meet with your Server at the table. We had an excellent Server who treated us like royalty and gave us plenty of information about the food and how each dish is prepared. The customer service was top notched from the very start of our dining experience to the very end. It’s was a lasting impression especially for my friend who just returned to LA craving for the best of Los Angeles dining. 

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Having dined in many restaurants around town, what I like about Faith & Flower is the flexibility. I would agree with most that this place is one of the hottest, most popular places to dine in Los Angeles at the present time. You still need a reservation to secure your preferred dining time, but when the number in your dinner party changes, Faith & Flower is very accommodating to your needs without any hassle. When I had changes to my dining party, the hostess was more than accommodating to adjust. I appreciate this small gesture.

Faith & Flower

705 W. 9th Street

Los Angeles, California

http://www.faithandflowerla.com

Valet Parking $6. Credit Cards accepted.