Gjelina in Abbot Kinney
above, the back patio with lots of low, loungey seating
Today, a friend in LA took me to this super cool restaurant Gjelina in Abbot Kinney in LA. Gjelina aside for a minute, Abbot Kinney is such a cool neighborhood!! I seriously loved it. As soon as we entered the neighborhood, I saw a Steven Alan store, and I knew I was home.
Ok, back to Gjelina. LOVED: the wood planking on the ceiling, the brick floor inside, the big light fixture with all different shapes and sizes of Edison bulbs, the paint color (dark grey but with brown in it, and very matte, like a chalkbooard), the light mint green industrial stools, and the different sized glass-front cabinets that make up the bar-back.
This isn't visible at all in the photos, but possibly my favorite detail was about an 18" tall border around the top of the wall of antique mirror set on top of a cornice that wrapped all the way around the room. It totally kept the very tall walls from becoming vast and boring, because your eye was drawn straight up to it, and then to the pretty ceiling.
Also you can't see this in the photo either, but the big high tables have handles (like cabinet hardware handles) on the ends, and for some reason that detail totally delighted me.
And, as if the decor weren't pleasing enough, the food was soo good.. not any one particular style of cuisine, just good ingredients turned into wonderful things. We had roasted beets with burrata that tasted like ice cream, roasted sunchokes with parsely pesto, and a gruyere, caramelized onion, and arugula pizza.
(these two things we didn't get, but don't they look good?)
I hiighly recommend it!!!
Restaurant website here.