Bottega Louie, on the corner 7th and Grand, in the old, and currently under bankruptcy protection, Brockman Building, elicits a lot of reactions.
"I love the design."
"I hate the design."
"It's too bare."
"All the hosts/hostesses/managers are good looking!"
"What? I can't hear you!?"
Bottega Louie is loud. Bottega Louie stands out. Bottega Louie screams to be noticed. And why shouldn't it?
Love it or hate it, you have to give c0-owner Daniel Flores credit for the risk he undertook. It's a huge 10,000 sq. ft. space. It's a restaurant, a market, a bar, and pattisserie all wrapped in one space. Bottega Louie is grand, even more so in light of economic challenges facing Downtown LA.
Bottega's getting all festive and stuff. These gourds brought memories of this piece that was posted on McSweeney's Internet Tendency that TheDelicious tweeted last week.
Got deli food?
I prefer my food straight from the open kitchen.
I love the open kitchen as I'm walking in, but I HATE the open kitchen when there's a wait, staring at dish after dish going out to the tables as you starve. One thing I noticed though is that you need to look good in an open kitchen. Take note of the cute salad prep girl. Smile, everyone is looking at you! I could also easily pop 100 of those grape tomatoes as a snack. I'd probably also get sick, but that's ok, it's a fruit!
Let me just get this out of the way: I like Bottega Louie. I like it for breakfast, brunch, lunch, a drink, dinner, a late night snack. It's just one of those places that feels right. Bottega Louie reminds me of a place I could step into and relax at when I'm in NYC. I love the floor to ceiling glass panes. It brings the light in, connects you to the outside and vice versa. I can people watch inside, people watch outside, have a drink, or grab some coffee. Bottega Louie's just doesn't fit the LA scene, which makes it all the more enjoyable for me.
The magic check in table. I wonder what they do with that book once it's filled? How many times did mr. jewelz eat here?
There's nothing special about this slice of bread, except for the fact that I macro'ed the crap out of it and wanted to share it. Shall we break bread?
Lunch with my colleague at Bottega Louie is a serious affair. I'm talking a three course meal, pass out afterward serious. Ready?
Burrata with grape tomatoes. One of our FAVORITE dishes here.
Tomato Bruschetta. Normally we order the portabello fries, but decided to be healthy today. The tomatoes were fresh and juicy, drenched in olive oil, extra virgin I hope.
My "artistic" shot of the day. Thank goodness my eating partner doesn't care what I do with my food, so long as it doesn't interrupt her dining experience.
Fettuccine Belmondo: housemade pasta, cherry tomatoes, garlic, arugula, extra virgin olive oil and Reggiano parmesan. This dish was simple but had a wonderful flavor profile. Housemade pastas for the win!
Trenné with braised prime rib-eye and Tuscan black kale. I love when the Trenné is a over sauteed, crunchy and chewy at the same time.
Dessert time: vanilla and chocolate Bulgarini gelato. The almond flavored gelato is also really good.
Peanut butter terrine, or as I would like to call it: The $7 snicker bar. They use to serve this in three squares and leave it undrenched. Now it's painted in chocolate sauce. Too rich and too much, yet we still order this everytime we are here. Why!?!?!
The service, the selection, and the price make Bottega Louie a great choice anytime you are in downtown. Just remember, they don't take reservations, but that's just an excuse to grab a drink at the bar while you wait for your table.