Faith & Flower is a contemporary Los Angeles restaurant located in the WaterMarke Tower in DTLA’s South Park district. The restaurant’s name pays homage to the two major renaissance periods—the 1920s and modern day—that have fundamentally shaped the Downtown Los Angeles community, with “Flower” referring to the street on which the restaurant lies today, and “Faith” for the street’s alleged name during the early 1920s. Faith & Flower Executive Chef Michael Hung began his culinary career in New York City, where he dropped out of culinary school to do extended stages at acclaimed restaurants Daniel and Aquavit. Michael followed his heart to San Francisco and joined Traci Des Jardins’s James Beard Award-winning team at Jardiniere and has been fortunate to work alongside legendary chefs like Thomas Keller and Guy Savoy. Chef Michael joined the team at Coastal Luxury Management to become the Executive Chef of Faith & Flower, which opened in Downtown Los Angeles in the spring of 2014.
Upon entering, the emerald green water goblets immediately catch my eye, finally a LA restaurant with character that makes NY eateries look simple. Designed by AvroKODesign, decorative elements reflect the intersection of modernity and antiquity, with touches that include a partition wall composed of distressed doors from the 1920’s and an entire wall mural by highly acclaimed local street artist Robert Vargas.
Ordered the Deviled Eggs with kimchee to start along with the Fennel Citrus Salad. When the Kanpachi Ceviche arrived with the ginger beer potato chips, I could not stop. The chips are made twice daily in house, if only bagged chips could be this perfect. The waiter, knowledgeable and sweet, suggested the Rock Shrimp Roll, another pleasant surprise that will make any gluten free dieter regret giving up carbs as the bread was soft and baked perfectly. I’m usually not a Rum or Bourbon drinker but their signature drink “English Milk Punch” has my vote. Maybe its the green tea mixed with clarified milk or the hint of cinnamon, what ever it is, it’s a good one. Adding to the good list, finished the meal with Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta with honey, berries and yuzu granite.
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