Gastrophoria is a carb filled anniversary meal at Gjelina.
When your partner-in-flavor is the Gentleman Weightlifter, eating (relatively) healthy is one of the better habits I’ve picked up. However, on special occasions—such as anniversaries—all bets are off. Off we went for a carb marathon at Gjelina!
Sure there is a shroud of notoriety surrounding the Abbot Kinney eatery. Notable ones are the 2+ hour wait (on weeknights no less) and the Victoria-Beckham-and-Gordon-Ramsey scandal. All things considered however, their food outweighs it all. Especially when you’re rooting for team carb.
Such gems is their squid ink chitarra. Homemade al dente square-shaped pasta are adorned with flavors of the Italian coast: bottarga (savory fish roe—think seafood flavored salt), fried garlic, chili, parsley and crunchy breadcrumbs. Or the oven blistered pizza topped with anchovy, smoked mozzarella, roasted red pepper, capers and tomato confit. If you haven’t noticed, we’re into aggressive flavor combos that go pow to the kisser!
The best-in-show was the roasted maitake mushrooms dressed with creme fraiche and truffle oil lounging on grilled hearty toast. A mushroom lover’s dream and probably a mushroom hater’s worst nightmare.
The only break we took from carbs was the crispy Niman Ranch pork belly paired with creamy corn grits and apple glaze. To end the meal strong, we went with the gooey date cake with ginger gelato that was both spicy and sweet. Carb fest win!
As a bonus, a portion of the balance from our meal went to the Venice Family Clinic thanks to LivnGiv! My most recent find, LivnGiv is a cool, socially conscious website that allows me to support worthy causes simply by prepaying for my restaurant meals from their collection of curated restaurants (currently Venice-centric, but will expand to Los Angeles and other cities soon). With no strings or extra costs attached, it’s multi-tasking at its best.
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
Phone: (310) 450-1429