So many blog posts on this joint already. Every single one is positive? Internet kiddies somehow dropped all pretense of standards when it came to Barbrix. Room too dark? Romantic! 50% misses? Will come back! $150 bill for 2 in Silver Lake? Affordable!
No, no, no, and here we go with the chop chop:
Fried sweet bread. Hipsters are being charged $7 for 2 ounces of what essentially are offals. Offals, ya know, guts, without the glory. Sweetbreads to cow is gizzards to chicken. It’s only a delicacy because ze French said so. Cemented in garlic batter, this version of sweetbread is completely useless. Harissa aioli? Chic, complex, but lacked spiciness. Wimpified and pointless; give me Sriracha.
Wild boar Sausage. Do not know if house-stuffed. But it doesn’t matter. 1 sausage. $6. FMW(allet). Boar is a game, it ain’t Kurobuta wild boar. It’s just lead shot killed meat trucked in from the Midwest. This particular version lacked the B.O. funk of typical wild boar. I’d like to think these sausages were wearing sexy domestic hog perfume.
Monkfish + chorizo + chickpea. Exactly what the menu listed. Boring, inconsequential. $11 dollars for tough fish, tho to Barbrix’s credit, monkfish is rubbery by nature.
Lamb chops. Good, cooked medium. Easy on the palate. Mostly tender. Not over spiced, not over coupled with ingredients. 2 tiny ribs, beyond expensive. For $19.50, I can have over half a pound of full sized lamb chops at Le Petit Bistro on La Cienega, have some cool French speaking waiters/waitresses and be done with the meal, without chickpeas, without chorizos.
Sicilian meatballs with pecorino cheese. Great combination of cheese & baby flesh. Distinct with citrus and bay leaves. My fave of the night and relatively reasonable at $6.
Browsing what the local residents are writing, it is easy to understand the appreciativeness for this Silver Lake bistro . Unfortunately, I don’t live in Silver Lake. LA is my restaurant and the i10 is the culinary super highway. Will have to pan Barbrix for the same reason I dropped The Other Door. There is better grub, at the same expenditure level, elsewhere in LA, nearly equal distance from my house: Cube, Tasca, Craftbar, and dare I say Tavern’s bar menu?
New-ish blog thought from Rate a Restaurant
FoodGPS says portions are “generous”. Uhhh… but my tiny lamb ribs looked like they came from downer sheep?