Sunday, February 21, 2010

Gjelina - (Pronounced: "Ja-leena")

 sipping mimosas on one sunny LA afternoon 

I think this was one of the best unplanned/laid back Saturday ever. When we decided to rely on pure luck walked into Gjelina with no reservation, we got ourselves in within seconds. To celebrate the VIP parking spot in front of the restaurant on the always crowded Saturday Abbot Kinney, we cheered with their bubbly mimosas and enjoyed the wooden dark feel of the ambiance.

To start with, a bowlful of chickpea stew is belly-warming and tangy yogurt flavored soup. I recommended to share this dish because every spoon is so mouthful, leaving you pretty full before you get the chance to enjoy the next delicacy.

Chickpea Stew with Greens, Cous Cous, Spiced Yogurt & Harissa

One of the most memorable dish is the grilled pears with burrata cheese and prosciutto served on a  board. I have to say it's the most decadent prosciutto platter that a restaurant could offer. It deserves a review of its own!
Grilled Bartlett Pears, Burrata, Prosciutto, Arugula & Radicchio. Foodgasm on a board!

We ended with the butterscotch for dessert and it was the perfect mixture of solid sweet caramel and salty aftertaste on your tongue. Don't get yourself too carried away and make funny foodgasmic faces while eating this pot of heaven.

Butterscotch Pot de Crème with Salted Caramel & Crème Fraiche

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 450-1429

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