Industriel Urban Farm Cuisine

Restaurant in Los Angeles

Urban Farm French Cuisine

It pulses a metropolitan edge, infuses a Provencal soul, and sparks a downtown meets urban meets pastoral reverie in a way I can liken to nothing.  If there’s a space between cozy and chic, sultry and sublime, inventive and invocative, that is where Industriel lives.  If there isn’t, Industriel has created it.

I look up because that is what you do when you can’t believe the things you see before you.  Exposed beams, soft dramatic lighting, tufted seating and colossal canvases of French faces you wish you could claim to know.  The owner claims the exotic nude is his great grandmother.  She isn’t.  But play along. 

You’ll want to - the mood is designed a little sexy and a little silly - that’s not the Silver Pelted Sabre-toothed talking, but it may as well be.  The rosemary sprig tickles your nose while the sparkling wine, St. Germain, and grapefruit in all their fluted glory go to work on the rest of you.  A celebratory start to a meal most worthy of one. 

The cornucopia chopped salad should be an autumnal anthem, I salute, I could eat it everyday.  Every.  Day.  Cavalo Nero (fancy kale), corn, pomegranate, and squash, all diced to bite sized bliss beneath pumpkin seed vinaigrette.  Look at that plate.  This is why there are so many songs about rainbows. 

And that chevre gnocchi.  Carmel’s Casanova, step down off your throne, there’s a new gnocchi queen to crown.  With an ample peppering of forest mushrooms, pine nuts, cavalo nero (again with the fancy kale), all balanced by a browned sage butter - it’s that entrée where you have to comment after each bite.  It would almost be disrespectful not to. 

Downstairs, it’s black and white and Rudolph red all over - a petite Parisian party.  Upstairs, it’s rustic walls anchored by deep, primal windows, an intimate living room.  A corner carved out for cocktails, libations and the like.  A date night definite. 

They say their ingredients have never seen the inside of a super market, and I believe them.  No air of pretence is possible, the service is too charming.  It’s hip without being hipster, swank without being a scene, cutting edge and classy in a completely un-cliché way.  You did Bottega Louie for brunch, here is where you should do dinner.  All by itself it’s dressed to impress, all you have to do is make the reservation.  And relish the joie de vivre this Industriel corner of Los Angeles has quietly, magnificently, delivered. 

Open for breakfast, lunch, Dinner and Cocktails.

Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles

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Reviewer's Rating
Cuisine French
Clientele Eclectic, in the know crowd
Restaurant good for Couples, Romance, Meeting up with friends
Cost per head High
Dress Code Smart Casual, Casual
Dining Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Additional Ambience Information

Cozy, rustic, undeniably chic.

Additional Price Comments

Breakfast mains from $14; Lunch mains from $11; Sandwiches $14; Dinner mains from $14 to $19. $3 for a breadbasket, but by God if isn’t worth it (cranberry and sage infused butter, worth it).

Last updated on 01-12-2012

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