Ate at Bar Restaurant in Silver Lake a few weeks back. Haven’t seen much talk about it. Sorry no pictures. I was still lurking FTC at this time.
Decor reminds me of a perfume advertisement shot in a restaurant? Rose gold and granite? Can’t totally remember but it was nice in a funny way.
Kitchen is run by Doug Rankin, the opening CDC of Trois Mec. Plus I talked to one of the sous who said most of the kitchen worked at Trois Mec under Rankin, then worked throughout the Jon and Vinny/Ludo/Sara and Sarah empire before all coming back together under the Bar Restaurant roof.
Wine list was fine, that mix of classic, easy plus natural. I drank an Aligote and a Carignan.
Ordered Boudin Noir, Mushroom Soup and Mussels
Boudin Noir came out looking like the Antelope Tartare at Angler. Out of the casing, pressed like a 7" record. Seed and sprout salad on top, ate it all without silverware, using sliced baguette like injera.
Mushroom Soup - gritty in the best way possible. Onions swimming around, glob of gruyere, some bread sunk to the bottom. Broth the perfect soft brown.
Mussels - They come shelled! I like shelling mussels/playing with food, but not doing it when I was expecting to was a nice surprise. I had no fork after my Mushroom Soup and when the bartender set down a regular old fork I thought how big are these mussels?
I mainly ordered the mussels because they advertise as coming with curly fries. I can only imagine the kitchen spiralizes their own potatoes but I didn’t ask. I’ve never really thought about a kitchen doing their own curly fries.
Overall the mussels were great. I don’t know that the curly fries added anything besides me loving curly fries and being happy to see them on a menu. Milk toast sitting in the broth.
Dessert I believe was listed on the menu as Black Sesame, Plum, Lemon Custard
Lemon custard at the center with a plum granita/raspado “crust” and shortbread cookie on top. Really fun dessert to tear apart.
If I lived in that neighborhood I’d be at Dinosaur every morning and I’d probably stumble over to Bar Restaurant a few times a month. Good luck to them