Echo Park is in dire need of a nice place to eat, especially after the sudden closure of Allumette earlier this year. Husband and wife team Jaime Turrey and Brooke Fruchtman stepped in last week with the minimalist Ostrich Farm, a classy establishment with a tight menu of wood-grilled and roasted items.
Think rough-chopped liver on toast, brussels sprouts with pancetta and egg, or dungeness crab salad with grapefruit. Small bites range a reasonable $7-11 while larger entrees like grilled tuna with beurre blanc and chicken pot pie run the mid $20s. Desserts might entail chocolate gelato with pomegranate seeds and grilled persimmons or a Bosc pear galette.
Turrey, who runs the kitchen, comes from a string of San Francisco establishments, though he has most recently helped train homeless women in culinary arts while running Monsieur Egg, a one-man food pushcart. Fruchtman leaves a career in a different kind of art, after putting in nine years at LACMA before venturing into the restaurant universe.
Ostrich Farm is open Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and until 11 p.m. from Thursday to Saturday.
1525 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA