Thursday, March 1, 2012


For the past couple of months, I have been overhearing some of my co-workers rant and rave about some restaurant in Venice called Gjelina. While I was nervous that they had hyped up the place, I was pleasantly surprised when my sister and I came here for dinner the other night. Yes, there were hipsters galore, but the food was delish! I apologize in advance for the terrible shadow in my food shots. Hipsters don't like a lot of light, so I tried to keep my picture taking at a minimum.

First up was the crispy carola potatoes with pickled red onion, horseradish, dill, and lemon aioli. You really can't go wrong with potatoes like, ever.

Next up was the maitake mushroom toast with creme fraiche and truffle oil. Honestly, I could've had three of these and I would have been satisfied. So rich and flavorful! Plus, I'm obsessed with mushrooms (not shrooms).

Lastly, my sister and I shared the duck sausage, nameko mushroom, mozzarella, and garlic pizza. Chill out, guys, duck isn't that cray. In fact, it just tasted like plain old sausage to me. Not amazing, but still pretty good!

The grand finale of this epic meal was dessert: butterscotch pot de creme with salted caramel and creme fraiche. Cue tears of joy now. 

This dessert was essentially a fancy butterscotch pudding, but I cannot even begin to tell you how amazing it was. If after every bad day I could come home to this, my life would be complete. I'll definitely be dining at Gjelina again soon for this dessert alone. And I'm not sharing next time.

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291