one of the perks of having friends and family come visit is that you have an excuse to go back to all of your favorite restaurants.
my main focus when choosing the restaurant is first and foremost the food. i want them to leave feeling like they had some of the best food the city has to offer...and LA has a lot to offer.
second, ambience. whether it’s chill, interesting, cute, etc. i want there to be something special there. a little je ne sais quoi.
and finally. good service. i’m that person that always asks for the server’s name because, well, it’s the respectful thing to do and in essence they are about to (at an arms length) have dinner with you. bad service can really dampen the entire experience but remember that that goes both ways so be kind, please and thank you’s.
so keeping all those in mind the first place we landed was Gjelina.
good service. cute patio. great food. they also have amazing smelling soap in the bathroom. i had to say it.
needless to say she was happy and full. thanks for helping us kick off her trip!
pictured here: duck confit, rabbit sausage with zesty mustard and carrots. 👌🏽.