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Animal
Animal

Animal

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435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-9225
http://www.animalrestaurant.com/
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This cute hot spot offers amazingly delicious and almost exotic dishes. It's the place you wanna take your guests to and show them the little hidden gem in LA

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Absolutely one of my fav restaurants in LOS ANGELES. They have such creative dishes and never disappoint.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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Trendy, minimalist New American restaurant celebrated for its offal specialties & other meat plates.

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Ottawa, Canada

hipster food

not eonugh seats sometimes!

good food menu changes very meaty spot
need a reservation though

eveyrones taking picturse and stuff
its OK

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Local from Beverly Hills, California

The place to go dine for meat lovers. It's probably one of the best dining locations in Los Angeles.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

One of my absolute favorite restaurants in LA. This place is NOT for vegans or vegetarians. Absolutely love their fois gras dishes - the biscuit and gravy is awesome, but I think I actually prefer the loco moco better. The rib eye here is great but after all the other food you order you will probably be stuffed by the time it is ready. I would recommend going with the other dishes and getting a variety of those to share and savor with some good company. Also have EXCELLENT service here.

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Local from Pasadena, California, USA

This cute hot spot offers amazingly delicious and almost exotic dishes. It's the place you wanna take your guests to and show them the little hidden gem in LA

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Local from West Covina

THe best thing on the menu are the pork belly sandwiches. You get a huge piece of pork belly fatty goodness. The sauce is really good, very similar to the chicken sandwich over at their other restaurant Son of a Gun. This is basically the meat/pork version of Son of a Gun. The portion size are really small, but very filling. I recommend the beef hearts and pork belly sandwiches. The pork head is whatever, nothing really special about it. The dishes are pretty overpriced, if it was a few dollars cheaper I'd eat at this place more often.

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Local from West Hollywood, California, USA

This place was incredible!! I ordered 6 things from the menu, which was a bit excessive, but it was so worth it. I'm definitely coming back to try the rest of the menu!!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

been wanting to try this place for a while, and finally came here for my girlfriend's birthday this year. worth the wait, altho pricey w/small portions and seating system was glitchy

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Local from Hollywood, California

special occasion? this is my go-to because of its: incredibly unique, memorable menu items that leave you inspired no-frills dining experience that focused on the food reservations are tough but not impossible price/ value is amazing. go!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

BEST restaurant in LA. Anything you order from the menu is different from anything you've experienced before. My favorites among their foods is the bone marrow, chicken liver toast, veal brains, barbeque pork belly sandwiches, and the melted p'tit basque.

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All delicious, but the pork belly with kimchi and quail fry are definitely the stand-outs !!!

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Sunnyvale, California, USA
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Really interesting dishes for a daring meal! Came here for the foie gras since there's a lending statewide ban. Got the foie gras loco moco, foie gras agnolotti, and pork belly sliders. Yum!

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Santa Clara

"Animal", a funny name for a restaurant but very fitting. Their menu will make any adventurous carnivore happy. However, if you are expecting some manly meaty love, you might be disappointed.

Animal really reminds me of a restaurant called Ubuntu in Napa Valley. For those of you not familiar with the Bay Area dining scene, Ubuntu is a vegetarian (and vegan friendly) restaurant featuring farm fresh ingredients and highly innovative menu. How is that related to a meat centric restaurant, you might ask? I found these two to be almost the mirror image of each other. Their philosophy and creativity are the yin and yang.

Let me quickly get to the point before you get tried of my rumbling.

The food is excellent. Everything tasted and looked great. You have to come here with an open mind and be adventurous. Don't be scared away by items such as veal brains or pig head on the menu. I can reassure you, the presentation is amazing and most of the time the food looks nothing like its original form.

All of the dishes I have tried were excellent. The most memorable ones were the veal brains and the quail. For those of you who never had brains before, it actually has a silky texture similar to tofu with almost no distinct flavors. The deep fried veal brains was such a delicacy. The sauce compliments it well. The quail has a great texture. Every bite was juicy and tender. Love that yogurt sauce too.

If you want something refreshing to offset the stronger meat dishes, Heirloom Melon is an excellent choice. It works well as a palette cleanser too. Of course, you can't go wrong with their foie gras with biscuit. Oh...let's not forget about their Coconut Sweetbreads and Crispy Rabbit Legs. Did I mention I like most of their dishes I have tried? The Balsamic Pork Ribs is probably my least favorite one. The sauce was too sour and the ribs was not as tender as I would like.

Dinner format is tapa like and sharing is highly encouraged. Bring a bunch of friends so you can try a variety of stuff.

The dessert was not as amazing as their main dishes I am afraid. I found their Tres Leches cake to be quite weak. What happened to the rich milk flavors? Bacon Chocolate Crunch Bar was decent but this combination should be no stranger to anyone who tried the famous Vosges bacon chocolate bars.

Reservation is a must. There are only very limited seats available for walk ins. Make sure you reserve your table well in advance too.

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

One of my favorite restaurants in LA! Animal is so delicious that you're going to want to get everything on the menu, so it's best to go with a group of people so you can share many, many dishes. Almost all of the dishes are sinful (i.e. rich), like the poutine covered in gravy, the bone marrow, pig ear, chicken liver toast... is your mouth watering yet? And don't forget the bacon chocolate for dessert!

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Local from Los Angeles, California, USA

I used to absolutely adore this place, but post foie ban, I think it has lost some of its lustre. The dishes are still inventive, the service is still attentive, but I feel like the price tag is a tad high for what you get. Given all the competition these days, I am not in any hurry to get back here.

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Local from Los Angeles, California

Rawrrrr. Animal brings out the animal in me. I just want to eat everything. All of it.
Seriously, there's nothing here that's not good. The weakest link of all their dishes is their bacon crunch bar, but that's not saying much because it's still pretty yummy.

This is the go-to place if you ever want to indulge. Beware though, it's all pretty heavy stuff!

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San Jose, California, USA

What a fun and interesting experience for my mouth. Animal provides a casual atmosphere for a nice dining experience. It's more a of tapas kind of place and although some of the things on the menu might scare you, you'll need to push the limits and try them, especially the most bizarre sounding ones too! We've never been so we asked our very much informed waiter for suggestions. We finalized our decision with: bone marrow, pig ear, barbeque pork sandwiches, poutine, and the flat iron (yes, my husband and I are big eaters). I have to say there wasn't one thing I didn't like, although coming from a Vietnamese background, we eat some crazy stuff already, however this was a totally new take on some of the stuff. Honestly I think people are scared when they hear tongue or brains, but if you didn't tell me ahead of time, I probably wouldn't have known and thought it was delicious. This place is worth checking out as their food is creative and innovative. These guys even made it on to a Yahoo article about the top places to dine at in California for their interesting take and skills on parts of an animal that most people usually waste.

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San Francisco, California

*4.5 stars* (now that foie gras has been banned in California, or else it would have been a resounding 5 stars).

I read all of the rave reviews, seen the photos, watched Anthony Bourdain drunkenly proclaim its greatness. The hype for Animal was at maximum level for me, dangerously vulnerable to being easily overrated. It was set to be doomed from the start.

But the second I took a glimpse at the menu, a Michael Bay directed montage rushed through my mind with fiery explosions of juicy foie gras and crispy pig ear slapping me in the face. With every dish, I caught myself shouting to myself: "That sounds damn good," unknowingly smiling from ear-to-ear, probably pretty creepily.

Animal turned out to be one of the best eating experiences I've ever had in the LA area.

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FOOD:

Beef Tendon Chips w/ Pho Sauce:
Delicious as all hell. They appeared and crunched like perfectly-fried chicharrones, but had the delicious flavor of beef tendon. I could eat these all day everyday. The pho sauce was interesting, but the chips really didn't need it -- they were awesome by themselves.

Bone Marrow w/ Chimichurri:
Excellently-prepared bone marrow with a nice, garlicky chimichurri on top. I'm a bone marrow minimalist, so I actually prefer just the fatty flavor of the bone marrow with a little salt -- that's how I believe it should always be prepared. Although the chimichurri definitely overpowered the natural goodness of God's butter, it was still damn tasty.

Pig Ear w/ Fried Egg:
I loved this dish. Citrus-marinated crispy pig ear slices mixed with the runny yolk of a fried egg.

Pork Belly Sandwich:
I thought this sandwich could have been done a bit better. The flavors were tasty, no doubt, but I think the pork belly was a little too well-done. All in all, it was good, but a bit boring; given the wild creativity of the other dishes, I expected this one to be a bit different from your typical pork belly slider.

Foie Gras Terrine:
Excellent terrine -- the foie gras flavor went extremely well with the pickled onion and orange marmalade. The toast was a bit boring and actually not well toasted -- could've gone better with a crostini or at least something with more crunch. The terrine was awesome though.

Oxtail Poutine:
Perfectly crispy french fries with a tasty gravy filled with a generous portion of tender oxtail. It was a bit on the saltier side, but delicious nonetheless.

Lettuce w/ Beets & Avocado:
We got this just to try to balance out the gluttonous artery-clogging that we were undoubtedly going to experience from our meal. It was good, but I mean, it's a salad.

Hamachi Tostada:
The hamachi tasted fresh and the tostada shell provided a nice crunch. The flavor was good, but I'm not sure if it really fit with the flavors of the rest of our meal.

Foie Gras Loco Moco:
Now for the main event. The foie gras loco moco was definitely the best dish of the night, and arguably one of the best dishes I've ever had. I mean, how the hell can you ever go wrong with foie gras, spam, burger, and quail egg covered with gravy? The foie gras was perfectly seared and all of the flavors meshed together so well. The beauty of it was that the buttery fattiness of the foie gras doesn't get compromised by all of the other flavors. It's a true testament to the power of the foie, and how horrible life in California is now that foie gras has been outrageously banned. I expect Animal to be picketing tooth and nail to overturn the ban, because I don't know if my experience would have been half as awesome without the Foie Gras Loco Moco. Yup, we ended up ordering two. I wanted three. But now that it's no more, Animal definitely loses the main star of its show.

Total: $220 (including tax, tip, and 1 bottle of house Cab)
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Atmosphere? Service? I actually don't really remember anything else about Animal other than the food, which is a testament to how good the food was. If there ever were a physical manifestation of all that is great about being a carnivore, Animal would be it.

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Local from Los Angeles, California
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If you love meat and any and all of the so-called "nasty bits", you must visit Animal at least once. Make a reservation, since they are still very popular and the small restaurant fills up quickly. Be sure to try the Buffalo style pig's tail. We also loved the pig cheek. Sadly, foie gras has been removed from several items for the time being (stupid law!) but there are lots of fun and adventurous dishes to try. They also have some interesting beers.

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