Getting to the a show at the Music Center requires braving through downtown traffic. If you make there with time to spare before the show, venture below the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar is an elegant upscale restaurant used to catering to patrons with tickets to a show. It took them 40 minutes from ordering to getting check. Not only were they fast they were very courteous and helpful.
The atmosphere is traditional elegance, but the food has flair. Dinner was served with a section of baguette. The bread was flaky and soft in the center as it should be.
If you’re read my husband and my restaurant reviews of the South Bay, you’ll know we love lamb. Their grilled Colorado rack of lamb ($36) comes with artichokes au barigoule and creamy polenta. The lamb was cooked medium rare and had a crisp crusty outside, with a soft, melt-in-your-mouth tender meat. This was lightly covered with a smoky horseradish glaze and while I generally do not appreciate horseradish, this wasn’t bad. The polenta had a creamy cheesy flavor complimented the lamb. The artichokes added some tanginess to the whole presentation.
Our doctor reminds us that we need our dark leafy greens and the sautéed kale ($8) is a tasty way to follow doctor’s orders. The kale came with carrots, squash, and onion, all tender. Even the carrots’ green stems were tasty. Who would have thought rabbits knew best?
On this rare occasion, we had room for dessert which was the tart au citron meringue ($9). The tart was decorated with a blackberry honey sauce that almost tamed the citron tartness.
We always try to figure a bit of extra time in case traffic is bad and sometimes that will allow us time for dinner. Of course, if you’re running late for your show, try Kendall’s afterward for dessert or something light while you talk about the good or bad entertainment from the theaters above.
Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Monday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Tuesday – Sunday 11:30 am – 12 am