The Cannibal on Platform in Culver City

…Okay still tired. You’re talking about L.A.! Going back to bed.

I’m really confused now.

@theoffalo - Just ignore me. I’m babbling.

FYI, the butcher shop side of the operation is now open at The Cannibal:

I tried the lamb butcher sandwich with pesto, the meatball sandwich with kimchi marinara, and the roasted Brussels sprouts. All were excellent overall. My only complaints were the sandwiches seemed a little on the small side, and the bread didn’t seem to be of the same high quality as the meats. More like an Amoroso’s roll than the baguettes at Gjusta.

Did you split the two sandwiches with someone or did you have them both (and the Brussels sprouts) all to yourself? Would you say that it’d take two sandwiches to feel full?

The lack of parking had previously foiled my plans to try Loqui at/near the same location. Any tips?

Split them. I was full from one full sandwich and half a small order of Brussels sprouts. I posted pictures over on the daily sandwich thread if you’re interested.

I found parking at the Culver City Expo station today (though I’ve been foiled there before). A friend of mine suggested parking on on the south side of Washington to the west of Landmark. Looking today there was plenty of meter parking there. Again, this is heading west on Washington before you hit Landmark.

@theoffalo @Bigmouth There is a garage in the building on the west side of the complex. It’s 2 hours free. Plus, the Culver CityBus 1 & 7 Big Blue Bus 5, 12 and Rapid 12, and Metro’s 33 and 733 plus the Expo Line all have a stop within a block of the complex.

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I got lucky and found a spot on Landmark St. today. I saw a garage entrance into the building that Cannibal is in, on Landmark St. next to the São Açaí place. Is that what you’re talking about?

Menu for those interested:

Butcher shop opens at 11am this week rather than 8am as indicated on the menu. Breakfast starts next week, when they start opening at 8am.

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I saw a garage entrance into the building that Cannibal is in, on Landmark St. next to the São Açaí place. Is that what you’re talking about?[/quote]

Yes. And in the evening when we went, the gates were up.

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Thanks, will have to check it out next time. I didn’t see any pricing or anything, just a fold-up sign that said credit card accepted or credit card only or something.

Thanks for the tip @Mattapoisett_in_LA, the gate was up when I went this afternoon, so free parking!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get there in time for the Porchetta butcher sandwich. Apparently they had quite the lunch rush and sold out of two whole … loins(?) of the porchetta. Got a Cubano instead. Not bad, but was really looking forward to the porchetta.

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It looks like a truly legit Cuban. The width, as well as the ham/roast pork/cheese ratios look spot on.

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Actually - it is probably a bit thin on meat, know that I look more carefully :frowning:

That looks pretty darn good. What kind of bread are they using for it?

what the hell is a General Tso pork sandwich?

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@CiaoBob I dunno but I’m gonna find out. I assume the kinda sweet-spicy sauce and it even has broccoli in the sandwich. Too bad it isn’t a breaded chicken cutlet…

@Helper_Monkey as mentioned above the regular sandwiches are the kinda puffy soft “amoroso’s” bread. Don’t know if they used the same for the Cubano but if they did then they pressed it really well because it was very thin and crisp.

Sliced roast pork in a sweet/spicy sauce, broccoli, got the whole dried red chiles in it like you’d find in General Tso’s Chicken. It’s different but good. Should put some sesame seeds in it.

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how was the bread? Looks a lil woeful.

I like it. I know @Bigmouth prefers Gjusta baguettes, and there’s no denying they’re excellent bread, but for sandwiches sometimes I want something that doesn’t cut up my gums and the roof of my mouth or inflames my TMJ, and the bread here is nice a soft, with good chew, and soaks up the juices from the meats without getting too soggy or breaking.

Thanks to @theoffalo @Bigmouth and everyone else who’s chimed in on this place. Stopped by to try it:

Their Butcher Shop section is open now, and they have a deli case with a variety of beautiful-looking salads. Sort of like Gjusta.

The staff strongly recommended their Prime Rib Sandwich as “the best… the reason” for their fame. So…

Prime Rib Sandwich:

Their Prime Rib was tender, but overcooked (all well-done). Flavor-wise it was fine, but after having been spoiled by Gjusta’s Prime Rib Butcher, which is absurd in its greatness :slight_smile:, it kind of makes this one look bad. And Cannibal charges $18 + tax & tip for theirs… and you’d hope if you drop over $20 for a sandwich that it be great, which theirs was not. Here’s Gjusta’s Prime Rib Butcher for comparison:

And as @Bigmouth said, Cannibal’s bread is their weak point. Cannibal does not bake their own bread; they source it from Drago Bakery, and it really is like a soft Amaroso Roll, but fresher. I wish L.A. Philly Cheesesteaks were made on this bread, but for the Prime Rib, it felt like it didn’t match very well, and Gjusta’s homemade bread (baked fresh every day) was just a better match.

Dandelion Salad (Spring Peas, Dijon-Onion Vinaigrette):

I was excited to try their gourmet Salads. But since their salads are all printed onto their menu, I’m guessing they won’t be like Gjusta (which has unique salads every day), unless Cannibal was planning on reprinting their menu every day / week.

The Dandelion Greens were very fresh and slightly bitter (awesome!), and the Spring Peas were fantastic. :slight_smile: However the flaw was that the Dandelion Greens were completely uncut, which meant you taking a bite of the salad and then carefully chewing one long strand of Dandelion Green or else risk it splashing Vinaigrette all over the place, LOL. They should’ve chopped this salad a bit to make it more bite-sized. It was also overdressed (heavily). :frowning:

General Tso’s Pork Sandwich (Roasted Pork Shoulder, Broccoli, Fried Shallot):

Thanks to @theoffalo for the early report, and to answer @CiaoBob’s question: The General Tso’s Pork Sandwich tastes like a Char Siu Bao (Bun) deconstructed from Dim Sum and made into a sandwich. It was sweet and salty, and for me, it tasted unappetizing. :worried:

In addition, the Pork they used tasted old, like it was refrigerated / leftovers. :frowning:

The Bread for this pairing was the same soft Amaroso-type roll, and for this one, I’d agree with @theoffalo that it matched well, but the sandwich flavors itself weren’t to my taste.

Overall, the Cannibal feels like it’s trying to do a “Gourmet Sandwich / Salad” type place, except at the prices they’re charging I’d rather go to Gjusta any day of the week. It’s not close in terms of quality or execution.

But if I worked in the neighborhood, I wouldn’t mind coming back to try out more of their Salads and a few more of their Sandwiches perhaps.

The Cannibal
8850 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

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