West LA: Dinner and Sangria at Flores

white sangria

white sangria

I heard so many good things about Flores on Sawtelle that I made it a point to go as soon as possible. Located in the house-like space of the former Sawtelle Kitchen, Flores is smack dab in Little Osaka. Surrounded by Japanese eateries, Flores is more about New American cuisine.

Flores currently serves only beer and wine. Our server told us most of the wines by the glass were out so I opted for the white sangria. Although we were sitting outside in the dark and were half-fighting the table next to us over the heat lamp (they wanted it off and we wanted it on), it didn’t seem odd to have this tropical drink on a chilly evening.

deviled eggs with crispy pig ears

deviled eggs with crispy pig ears

 

Our server was very enthusiastic about the pig cheek croquetas but I felt that would be really heavy so we got the deviled eggs with crispy pig ears and were going to get the grilled octopus but they were out of that as well. And the other dish we wanted to try. Between the 86’d wine and dishes, I was beginning to wonder about this place. It’s a small enough menu that it’s quite noticeable when things are sold out.

The pig ears were a nice touch on the deviled eggs.

steak tartare

steak tartare

 

We ended up getting the steak tartare though those pig ear croquetas did sound good the second or third time it was suggested. I’m glad we got the tartare though, we loved the potato chips with the well-seasoned tartare. We had to get a few extra chips for the generous serving of tartare. This was our favorite dish of the night.

collard greens

collard greens

 

We probably would have gotten the kale salad but I was getting progressively colder and thought the collard greens would warm us up.  I wished we sat inside even though the patio is so lovely.

lamb pasta

lamb pasta

 

One thing for certain, the lamb pasta definitely took the chill of the evening off. The hearty meal left us stuffed so no dessert for us.

Sawtelle or Little Osaka definitely needed something different and Flores stepped into that role following. You can also try Plan Check or Tapenade for a change of scenery as well.

Flores

2024 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90025  —  (424) 273-6469
 
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