December 1, 2014

Greenhouse Dining at Commissary, Koreatown Los Angeles

Roy Choi's Commissary is inside a greenhouse on the second floor of the Line Hotel in Koreatown. A welcomed escape from the concrete jungle that surrounds the casual eatery.
The menu here can be interpreted as simple or complex depending on who you ask. A rectangular sheet with drawings of ingredients ranging from vegetables and proteins, the price and no written explanation. How are the carrots prepared? Don't recognize an ingredient? Fortunately, the friendly wait staff is well versed in the menu and can provide a verbal description. Unlike the loud and disappointing experience at A-Frame, the lunch time atmosphere at Commissary was relaxed and enjoyable accompanied by tasty albeit pricey food. 

Persimmon cocktail
Served in a plastic food container, this seasonal cocktail is made with coconut rum, persimmon, basil and topped with coconut. Refreshing, well balanced and not too sweet.

These might not look like much, but they were sweet with just enough char and served in a house green sauce. 

Deviled eggs
Well seasoned and creamy deviled eggs that actually tastes like eggs.

Fig salad
Fresh fig salad with pickled onions, goat cheese and pepitas. Good balance of sweetness from the figs, tang from the onions and creaminess from the cheese.

These giant scallops were cooked to perfection and seasoned beautifully. If you love scallops as much as I do, order an extra one for the table so you don't have to share.

Beneath the hard chocolate shell topped with lime zest was passion fruit vanilla ice cream and a crunchy toffee like crust. This is a huge serving and can definitely be shared. I hope this reinvention of the klondike bar has a permanent place on the menu. 

Post meal cappucinno to finish off the meal. 

Tip: Wilshire/Normandie stop on the Purple Line is just across the street. Skip the valet and hard to find street parking and take the Metro instead.

3515 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90010

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