Odys+Penelope, A Food Odyssey…

Odys and Penelope
Odys and Penelope

Holy farm to table, Los Angeles has another fab place to dine.

Karen and Quinn Hatfield closed down their very popular and critically acclaimed restaurant, Hatfield’s, on December 31st and last month opened a very different dining experience, Odys+Penelope Churrasco and Grill.

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Firstly, the 80-seat interior is enticing and perfectly calibrated. The brick walls, cement floor and beautiful columns anchored by huge glass windows works very well in the 3,800 square foot restaurant.

Kudos to Alexis Readinger of Preen Inc. The aesthetic is a bit of modern with plenty of rustic mixed with renewable materials.

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What brought us to La Brea on a Sunday?

We had to check in on our custom dining room table at furniture maker Mortise and Tenon. Odys+Penelope is located just down the road.

I went Early Bird and booked a 5:30 reservation. I was flabbergasted that the restaurant was filled by 6pm…a testament to its’ food and instant hotness.

Odys and Penelope
Odys and Penelope

The restaurant is named for Odys (Odysseus) and Penelope from Homer’s Odyssey. Penelope was the faithful wife of Odysseus who kept her suitors at bay during his long absence. In the restaurant there is even the symbolic┬áliving olive tree perched by the bar, representing the marital bed that Odys had built for Penelope.

Now that we have discussed the literal aspects of Odys and Penelope, let’s get to the food which was literally glorious.

There are Argentinian and Uruguyuan-style grills, offering different levels of char, along with a churrasco and a smoker.

We toasted the evening with some unusual wines. Touriga Nacional from Portugal ($12) and Carignan Blend from Corbieres, France ($12).

Spare Ribs
Spare Ribs

I started the feast with the special spare ribs which just fell off the bone ($13) followed by the farmer’s dozen, 12 seasonal raw and roasted veggies, herbs, pepita “butter” in a lime vinaigrette ($15). It was serene in its’ simplicity and the flavors were amazing.

The Farmer's Dozen
The Farmer’s Dozen

I could become a vegan between the farmer’s dozen and the shaved Brussels sprouts with roasted almond, caper and dried apricots ($7).

Raw Hamachi Salad
Raw Hamachi Salad

The raw hamachi salad was incredibly flavorful with perfectly ripened avocado and luscious chickpeas, cucumber, preserved lemon and succulent blood oranges ($15).

Fried Wild Mushrooms
Fried Wild Mushrooms

A technical glitch made us the lucky recipients of the fried wild mushrooms with a Persian garlic sauce ($13). The mushrooms were meaty and lightly fried to perfection.

Grilled Swordfish
Grilled Swordfish

The main dish was grilled line caught swordfish with barley, mushrooms, cherry balsamic and salsa verde ($30). The swordfish was thick and meaty, the barley and mushrooms were delicious.

Shaved Brussels Sprouts
Shaved Brussels Sprouts

Meat is a big on the menu. Apparentlly, the dry rubbed smoked short ribs are life changing ($42).

Other mains offered are trout with leeks, tomato, green olives, fingerling potatoes and fennel ($29), house made pappardelle with pork belly bolognese ($19), marinated Niman Ranch skirt steak with carrot ginger puree, chilies, cilantro and radish ($28), slow grilled Wagyu tri-tip with charred broccolini ($28) and Heritage churrasco porchetta with Beluga lentil salad and green tomato mustard ($25).

Kennebec Fries
Kennebec Fries

For research purposes only, we ordered Kennebec fries with a yogurt aioli dipping sauce ($7)…crispy and delectable.

We were satiated, but Karen Hatfield is a terrific pastry chef so we had the server select the dessert. A sumptuous chocolate pie, rye crust, Spanish peanut crumble, accompanied by vanilla-malted ice cream arrived($11). It was remarkably light and flavorful.

Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Pie

The warm apple almond toast with fennel ice cream was also highly recommended ($10).

As in Homer’s Odyssey, Odys and Penelope live a long and happy life together, enjoying wide respect and much success. The Devil prophetizes the same fate for restaurant Odys+Penelope.

Odys+Penelope 127 South LaBrea Avenue Los Angelses, California. Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5:30-10pm. Saturday: 5:30-11:00pm. Reservations on OpenTable. There is an 18% service charge applied to all food and beverages. Metered street parking and valet parking available.

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