FOOD / November 2, 2011

GJELINA HIPSTER HEAVEN IN VENICE CALIFORNIA

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 MODERN- COOL- FLAVOURFUL – TRENDY- 

OUT OF 10

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.

The driftwood meets cosy modern interior of the restaurant is very calming and hip. Specialities are small-plates to share and wood oven pizzas. The menu is vast and mouthwatering.

The driftwood meets cosy modern interior of the restaurant is very calming and hip. Specialities are small-plates to share and wood oven pizzas. The menu is vast and mouthwatering.

Oysters from Fanny Bay (BC)  and Coromandel (NZ) (6 for $16) Being at least a little closer to my homeland New Zealand; I must order the New Zealand oysters which are freshly served up with a chunky mignonette and a cocktail sauce (who still likes cocktail sauce? so tacky and overpowering!). The oysters were fresh and always a great start to a meal.

Oysters from Fanny Bay (BC) and Coromandel (NZ) (6 for $16)
Being at least a little closer to my homeland New Zealand; I must order the New Zealand oysters which are freshly served up with a chunky mignonette and a cocktail sauce (who still likes cocktail sauce? so tacky and overpowering!). The oysters were fresh and always a great start to a meal.

The Grilled Nantucket Squid with cavaillon melon, celery, chili & salsa verde is tasty, slightly oily but cleaned up with the refreshing melon and salsa.  ($13)

The Grilled Nantucket Squid with cavaillon melon, celery, chili & salsa verde is tasty, slightly oily but cleaned up with the refreshing melon and salsa. ($13)

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 Grilled Australian Lamb Chops with rapini pesto, harissa & roasted garlic was a very flavourful, bold dish, once again very oily and a moderate portion size but the lamb was soft and delicately cooked.  ($23)

The Grilled Australian Lamb Chops with rapini pesto, harissa & roasted garlic was a very flavourful, bold dish, once again very oily and a moderate portion size but the lamb was soft and delicately cooked. ($23)

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.

Homeland Oysters for the Kiwi Girl

Homeland Oysters for the Kiwi Girl

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

Gjelina

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd.

(bet. California & Milwood Aves.)Venice, CA 90291

www.gjelina.com

310-450-1429

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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.





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