British taste with the look of old L.A.
Downtown’s Fashion District has a new international taste territory: the Parish, which features a yummy pub-grub menu from the beloved chef of the Tasting Kitchen, Casey Lane. The environs are equally appealing, since it’s housed in a bi-level space outfitted with reclaimed Douglas fir floors, gleaming vintage mirrors and iron sconces.
Three eating and drinking areas include a dog-friendly patio, a European-inspired lower level and a moody second story with a bar. Cocktails are inventive (the Real McCoy, for example, is a modernized Mai Tai over crushed ice) and served alongside a Riesling-heavy wine list and 20 local craft beers.
The menu ranges from vegetarian to whole-animal dishes, so deviled eggs ($6) and celery-root mash ($7) can be ordered with glazed wings ($12) and wood-grilled bone marrow ($15). A terrific pairing is grilled corn with honeycomb butter ($6) and dal makhani ($11), a lentil dish referencing Britain’s Indian culture. We’re also partial to juicy fried chicken with sweet grilled peaches ($23) and the burger topped with subtly stinky Epoisses cheese and pickled carrots ($17).
Plus, in true pub fashion (a rarity in L.A.), the kitchen is open late--until 12:30 a.m. Cheers to that, downtown.
The Parish, 840 Spring St., Los Angeles; 213-225-2400 or theparishla.com