Bestia Restaurant Review
Tucked away in an unseeming warehouse district in Los Angeles is Bestia, a hidden gem that is quickly developing the reputation of being one of the hottest Italian restaurants.
The restaurant decor honors the traditional warehouse style and is a blend of both modern and rustic. The tables are made with cement tops and the brick feature walls pair well with the loft style ceilings and low hanging lights.
The only down side to Bestia is that it is loud, so if you are planning on going there with a group of friends be prepared to exercise your vocal chords. The restaurant also gets extremely busy so be sure to make reservations before attending.
The food makes it all worth it however, as every dish was absolutely delicious. The Italian cuisine is modern but also holds true to tradition and the menu offers a good array of vegetarian and seafood options.
Here are a few of the dishes we ordered:
Roasted Vegetables served with olive oil and sea salt
The vegetables were deeply caramelized and including everything from heirloom carrots, brussel spouts and fennel. Creamy Polenta This polenta is definitely creamy and cheesey and pairs excellently with the roasted vegetables. Honesty, this polenta is an absolute must try. Farro Salad Farro is a chewy, highly nutritional grain that is quickly becoming a trendy in restaurants. The real stand out of this dish however was the crispy roasted cauliflower which offered such a great textural balance. Grilled Calamari and Octopus A selected array of calamari and squid served on a bed of young greens. The seafood was well seasoned and tasty. Cavatelli alla Norcina These ricotta dumplings were absolutely delicious. They were served with a house-made pork sausage, black truffles and rich parmesan cheese. Quadretti alla Carrota These little pasta pillows were served with a rich mushroom ragu, and a silky carrot puree. If you love mushrooms, you will love this dish. Coffee and Donuts These little donuts are tossed in brown sugar and served with a rich coffee ice-cream and fresh whipped cream. An absolute must try. Creme Fraiche Panna Cotta If you are a fan of panna cotta this is an absolute must try, its light, creamy and slightly tangy. It pairs beautifully with the strawberries and whole wheat butter cookies.
Overall rating: 4.5 / 5