Monday, November 15, 2010
Food + Lab: More of what Silver Lake wanted
It took years for Silver Lake to get a taste of the kind of fresh, casual modern food that was found in other neighborhoods. Venice got Lemonade, Downtown got Mendocino Farms, Third St. got Joan's on Third, West Hollywood got Food + Lab...and until Forage arrived, Silver Lake mostly got bupkus. Now the scruffy, spacy vegan place a few doors down from Dusty's has become the third outpost of Food + Lab, and it's a sleekly designed breakfast and lunch spot -- as well as a great chance to check out the stores that flank it, Sumi's and Gogosha Optique.
Soon, Food + Lab will be open for dinner until 10, and like Forage it's useful for takeout as well. There's no particular theme to the menu -- just quality organic products with European touches -- everything from organic eggs with Austrian speck for brunch to a proscuitto, fig and ricotta sandwich on raisin walnut bread and some attractive salads in the deli case. Meinl coffee from Austria comes cafe au lait style in big ceramic bowls or Austrian style with whipped cream.
Sandwiches are mostly in the $10 range, but I didn't need any dinner after my huge tuna sandwich on olive bread. Tapenade, apples and red onions brought lots of flavor to the sandwich, which comes with a pickle cup.
Chicken arugula salad with apples, grapes and candied pecans in a creamy dressing wasn't too mayonaisey for Kathy, although the very green servers didn't know what was in the dressing or where the nice-looking pastries come from. But so far Food + Lab is striking the right chord for Silver Lake -- now how about some good cafes near Rowena on the other side of the lake?
Food + Lab
3206 W. Sunset