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- 83%Luxury Travelers
- 63%Nightlife Lovers
- 63%Family Travelers
- 62%Business Travelers
- 51%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (12)
- The GorbalsMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Feb 11, 2014
Located smack in the middle of hipster DTLA. It's hard to find since the location is inside the Alexandria Hotel, but you might be able to spot the Gorbals flag hanging over Spring Street. Inside the restaurant is a nice open kitchen, small bar and a bunch of wooden tables. If you ask me, the best spot in the house is on the chef's table where you get to sit down on the metal kitchen table face to face with one of the Chefs.
Don't even think about the restrooms here. For guys it was single occupancy mini stall partitioned off in a larger corridor hall upstairs. Just a little wiz can be onerous. Ladies have it a bit easier, but I didn't explore into that obviously.
The menu seems to rotate often, so this is what we caught. Food here is typically tapas style except for the burger, but we made it work anyway for the 4 of us:
-=-Brussels Sprouts-=- This was the best filling dish at our table. It was super simple with the dominant taste being on the balsamic vinegar. It was a good vinegar, but may come off as intense to some people. All my friends liked this dish the most.
-=-Bone Marrow-=- Bone marrow has become my flavor scream dish since foie gras was outlawed. Truly disappointed in how this one turned out from the texture to the color. It was more of a whiter color than clear, and instead of easily breaking off and spreading, the marrow seemed "rubbery" and refused to spread nicely on the pieces of toast they give you. I seemed to have enjoyed the walnuts that accompanied this dish more.
-=-Dry Age Burger, Onion 7 Ways-=- This burger took the cue from Umami because they were similarly priced and also similarly structured to focus more on flavor over brute burger mass. The onion 7 ways refer to: onion bun, grilled onion, pureed onion, caramelized onion...etc. Even for the onion lover, I'm not sure that this burger worked. Sure there was a mass of onion layer over the patty, but when you bite into a burger all that uniqueness goes away. The flavor was more carmelized onion than 7 ways onion.
-=-Oxtail Banh Mi Poutine-=- Meat on fries usually works, but this dish may have over done it a bit by soaking it all up in gravy and adding other unnecessary ingredients. The bits of oxtail was tasty...on its own. Also the fries with gravy were tasty...on its own. As a whole, the flavor of this dish was confusing to my taste buds and just didn't work.
- The GorbalsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14Jan 07, 2014
4 of us ordered few dishes and ate it tappas style. I guess my expectations were a lil too high for Gorbals. It's been building up since I heard about it more than half a year ago.
I've been in the restaurant once for a pop up brunch that rented the kitchen...that I loved.
- The popular dish within our group was the bacon brussel sprouts.
- Banh Min Poutine was yummy but it wasn't anything special.
- Dry-aged burger was good. The description, 7 ways onions, sounded better than it looked/tasted.
- Bone Marrow was very disappointing. The bread had a stronger flavor than the marrow.
- Ox Tail was pretty good but not memorable.
The cocktail drinks had unique names which made me smile.
- The GorbalsMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1Oct 30, 2013
Great food. The bacon wrapped matzo balls are good, the beef tongue is excellent. Their dessert is perfect. It's hidden in the Alexandria hotel building, so keep your eyes open for the sign.
- The GorbalsCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Oct 21, 2013
Happy hour is pretty killer at gorbals! Half off food and drinks! Their cocktails are quite good as well as their lafke and chips are delicious! The food is a bit salty, so share and drink water! Love the ambience!
- The GorbalsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jul 10, 2013
I have never tasted a beef tongue that is beyond delicious!!! Oh my! It was crispy on the outside and soft and tender inside and literally melts in your mouth. Soooooooooo delicious!! Heaven!
- The GorbalsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12May 01, 2013
Ambiance: It was way too dark in there - to the point where my friend and I had to use our camera flashlights to look at the menu.
Food: Tasty but everything was overly salty. All the dishes tasted really delicious for the first few bites but it was painful to keep going because of the high sodium content.
Service: I made a reservation for dinner with my friend for her birthday. When we got there, we had to wait for a table and the table that we got was really awkward high-chaired table where we both faced a pillar. In addition, our server rarely checked on us and we had to flag her down several times for water, to order dessert and for the check.
- The GorbalsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Feb 12, 2013
The Gorbals is a unique restaurant located inside the Alexandria Hotel (now apartments) in downtown LA. The hotel itself is a little rundown, but is decked out with framed pictures of flappers and some fun 1920 décor. The Gorbals is dimly lit (with the exception of the open kitchen – you can sit at the bar and watch them cook!) but has a nice ambience that contrasts the hotel right outside the door. Probably the most famous dish here is the bacon wrapped matzo ball, which was decent, but nothing special. I liked the confit tongue and banh mi poutine dishes much more. The latkes (potato pancakes) were also good, but be prepared for the strong smoky applesauce. You have to save room for the sticky toffee pudding, which comes with a scoop of ice cream on top. It was definitely my most favorite dish here. All dishes are fairly small and on the expensive side, but it’s fun to get a number of different items to try between a few people.
- The GorbalsFirst to ReviewOct 12, 2012
Came here for a birthday part last weekend, and overall I wasn't all that impressed.
Dry Aged Burger, onion seven ways 15
-It was good, cooked well as ordered medium rare, but didn't really stand out to me (3/5)
Broccoli, soy, chilies & vinegar 8
-My favorite dish. Perfectly balanced, great interplay with the flash fried broccoli soy / vinegar, I loved this one (5/5)
Carrots, avocado, lime, cilantro 7
-The cilantro flower was a great addition, and it was a refreshing dish (3.5/5)
A fish / chips idea with a squid ink batter 14 I believe.
-This was good as well, the squid ink batter was interesting, but presentation wise it looked hideous, which was a big turn off for me (3/5)
Sticky toffee pudding, ice cream, maldon salt (Add Scotch-$6) 7
-The pudding was a great balance to the ice cream, and the toffee played through well. I only had one bite but could have eaten more. (4/5).
The interior boasts on super long table, some bar seats, and some 4-tops. Service was pretty quick, and the bathrooms weren't as abhorrent as the other reviews said.
While I overall enjoyed the meal (mostly because of the company), I didn't really walk out of here feeling like I couldn't wait to return. It does what it needs to do, but lacked a wow-factor for me.
- The GorbalsMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 10Oct 04, 2012
Top Chef!!!??? ~ A friend of mine and me has been wanting to come to this restaurant forever! since a few years ago, but never had the chance to stop by together. (Last night) During our trip at Downtown art walk, we stepped into The Alexandria Hotel where some of the arts and Gorbal was at. I walked into Gorbals and they had seats without reservations so I took it immediately.
Other then the ditzy hostess, the service was great! I tell myself never have too high of an expectations and then be disappointed. The restaurant was small and on the right side was a small bar. Dim lightings, very lounge feel. Totally did not strike me as an upscale, intimate restaurant.
Once past 9:00pm, it does get very noisy and people are more bar hopping mood rather then enjoy a nice fancy intimate dinner.
Now about the food.. "ARE YOU SERIOUS??"
- Bacon wrapped matzo Balls- For $6, this was the only fair pricing of the food here. It was OK.- 4 3 and 1/2 stars
-Half Cut roasted head $53- Tasted like pulled pork- 3 and 1/2 stars
-Bahn mi poutine $15- French Fries with pork, cheese, cilantro on top. pretty unique, but $15 is definitely too overpriced! - 4 stars
-Burger onion six ways- $14 - 3 and 1/2 stars
-Broccoli, soy sauce, chilis and vinegar- $8- boy oh boy. I like it because I liked broccoli and vinegar, but something so easy to make at home. 3 stars
Sorry People, I think this Top Chef should pack his kitchen and should be eliminated....sigh
No pics- Sorry, I usually don't take photos when I'm with guests at a restaurant, but I did this time, BUT my phone was low in battery and it wiped out the past 10% memory of the pics I took.Recommended for:Luxury Travelers
- The GorbalsJul 05, 2012
If there's anyone who can pull off Scottish-Israeli fusion, it had better be a top chef (Ilan) and pull it off he does. The Gorbals, named for a rather rough Glasgowegian neighborhood, is an homage to his heritage.
At a first glance, the specialties look adventurous and not for the meek of palates. Tongue, haggis, and poutine? But I was willing to go for it, egged on by my dining companions who have a more sophisticated palate than I. We thankfully opted out of tongue and they were out of haggis (oh darn!) but we started with the bacon-wrapped matzoh ball and sauteed broccoli, both divine. Bacon and matzoh balls are every thing you wished for and more, unless you are Kosher, and the broccoli was some of the best I'd ever tasted, adorned with a ginger-soy sauce; the florets had a nice crispy texture. The next items were the tasty Welsh rarebit (cheesy bits on bread but so good) and interesting take on Banh Mi with poutine. The gribenes (fried chicken skin) on toast was worth ever diet-breaking bite. And sticky toffee pudding, albeit not as good as my family makes, was a sweet way to seal the deal.
Fun, interesting cocktails with whimsical names such as the "Desperate Housewife" and speakeasy atmosphere in an old office building gave it a David Lynch vibe -- especially if you go upstairs to the ballroom or get lost on your way to the parking garage as we did. Definitely a culinary adventure.