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FOOD-7.5 SERVICE-7.5 DECOR-8 PRICE- MODERATE VIBE- DRIFTWOOD HIPSTERS
Hold on a minute! I didn’t know Hipsters are found outside of Williamburg! And their cuisine has gotten a bit more moneyed and seasidely in the small strip of Venice Beach, California. Well however surprising, it works and Gjelina is leading the pack in LA serving up tasty, hearty, Italian-inspired trend-driven goodies.
Another appetizer is the Marinated Beet & Avocado with citrus, sherry & hazelnuts ($9),served up generously and chunky. It has creaminess of the avocado and crunch of hazelnuts enhancing this common dish.
The spicy Grilled Broccolini with garlic, chili & vinegar and Wood Roasted Summer Squash with mint-pistachio pesto & breadcrumb ($8 each) are some great veggie sides that are relatively simple and good for sharing or vegetarians.
Overall Gjelina is a fun, hip, beachvibe restaurant where oily, bold small-plates are shared with friends over a glass of wine. Lunch for 2 costs about $120 with wine.
“Sweet and Meaty” Duuuude
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
(bet. California & Milwood Aves.)Venice, CA 90291