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Ilan Hall's the Gorbals charms with its rough edges, earns two glowing stars

January 28, 2010 |  2:40 pm

When I woke up the next morning, I really thought it had all been a dream. The goth mime sniffing our wine bottle, his cohorts in white porcelain masks circling the table. The gentleman in his 50s who strode in late with three women in his wake and sat next to us at the long communal table, a crude slab of hard wood that looked as if it had just come from the sawmill. One woman celebrating her birthday with sticky toffee pudding, while on the other side, a beauty in a skull T-shirt smooched a guy with an innocent-looking face but heavily illustrated arms.

Just another night at the Gorbals. It's weird and fun and a little rough around the edges, but definitely from the heart. Prices are on the low side, portions small. But everything has real flavor.

To read the rest of S. Irene Virbila's review, click here.

Photo: Bacon-wrapped matzo balls. Yes, you read right. Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times