The Hearth and Hound
April Bloomfield’s new restaurant, her first in LA, in the former Cat & Fiddle location with the oppositely named The Hearth and Hound recently opened. I love the Spotted Pig in New York so I was eager to check the place out. And then we found out about the sexual allegations being made — and the fact that nothing was initially done about them when they were raised — which is really sad that someone could be that awful. Still we wanted to check out it so we did so.
We arrived a bit early and the host was this confused guy who looked like he just wanted to be a model instead of a host and so he didn’t know what to do. Eventually we were taken to a side room where we were seated all alone. Fortunately other people sat in our area a bit later, but still it was awkward AF.
For drinks, I had the cheeky tiki, which was decent but far too much ice. I forget what Phill had, but it was good.
Randomly our first dish were the prawns with brown sugar and rouille. The three big sea creatures looked great, but they tasted really fishy — even with the lemon squirted on them. The brown butter and rouille were pointless. Pass.
Next up we were given our beef tartare, which I usually love (except at Olympia Provisions.) Anyway this beef tartare was ok, definitely not a standout version.
Along with the tartar we got the sun buns, which were actually good and probably one of our favorite things we ate.
Lastly we got the back cod with orange sauce and fennel, which was decent but nothing to brag about.
Mushrooms and parsnip puree came out with the black cod and they were a good side and worth getting. Because nothing on the menu really wowed us and the desserts didn’t look all that “wow” on paper we opted to forgo them.
Overall The Hearth & Hound was fairly disappointing. When your favorite dish is the bread that’s a problem. Really there wasn’t anything all that new or different on the menu — and everything that was familiar was mediocre — so really it’s like what’s the point of opening a restaurant in LA if this is what you’re going to serve? Sexual Allegations aside, this place has problems, and it might be best to wait and see if they can come up with something worth making a trip for.