Restaurant: A.O.C. Brentwood
Location: 11648 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049. (310) 806-6464
Date: March 10 and April 5, 2022
Cuisine: Vaguely Spanish New American
A.O.C. has been a Hollywood staple for two decades. Founded by chef Suzanne Goin, they’ve had this former Hamburger Hamlet space in Brentwood for years, running it as Tavern. I think the pandemic knocked out that particular restaurant and they decided to reboot it, giving the landlord back some space, as a Brentwood outpost of their Hollywood original.
Not exactly Rembrandt.
The interior is basically the bar area of the old Tavern. They’ve let go the cool back sun room.
a.o.c. rustic boule & salted butter.
bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with parmesan.
Salad of citrus, arugula, maxorata, paprika, alornea olives, & quicos.
Grilled white trumpet mushroom focaccia, asiago, raclette & sherry.
Grilled seabream, coconut rice, mustard greens & kumquat sambal.
Clams, sherry, sliced garlic & toast.
Hand-cut noodles, rabbit sausage, maitake, nettles & mustard creme fraiche.
Lamb chops, swiss chard bread pudding, tomato confit & olives.
Hanger steak, chermoula, toasted pepitas & james’ arugula.
Cauliflower, curry & red wine vinegar.
A.O.C. is a useful addition to Brentwood in that it’s a pretty tasty New American style place. Brentwood is dominated by Japanese and Italian, so this allows for more options. It’s a tasty place, even if the menu is fairly small. Theoretically it’s supposed to be a bit Spanish, but barely. It is at least relatively free of the overused Asian influences dominating many similar places. Of course I love Asian food, but I don’t always need it mixed into EVERY cuisine.