Food in Venice: Gjelina

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Gjelina

We spent the morning of the second day how we ended our first day, cycling around. This time along the Pacific Ocean down to Venice Beach, which was nicely deserted around this time of day. After watching dolphins (!), pelicans and surfers, we decided to have lunch on Abbot Kinney Blvd at Gjelina, taking advice from my dear Julia.
Gjelina is one of those hot-spots with a distinctively styled interior and young waiters. We had kale salad (of course. 10$), red beet with burrata (13$) and smoked trout with grapefruit and avocado (10$). Everything was delicious, the kale was finely cut and marinated in lemon, which made it tender and easy to chew, mixed with radish, ricotta, breadcrumbs and celery the overall taste was nicely balanced out to neither go too much into the greens, nor be bland. The smoked trout salad (pictured above) my friend ordered offered a surprisingly well working grapefruit, avocado, trout balance, a combination she’ll definitely do at home. The beet root was, hands down, one of the best I’ve ever had. It came with a soft and creamy burrata, topped with hazelnuts and coarse salt. And I could have had a second serving, if it wasn’t for the desert, a chocolate cake without flour, wich could have been more chocolatey than sugary. But this is seriously the only thing, we’d moan about at Gjelina (ah, and the service is a bit of a mess, friendly though, but the dishes were not served together and the ordered lemonade came after the second dish). Still, you should not miss eating here, if you’re in LA.

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  1. ullasg on

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    Your in my hood now,,,you where taken in…Gjelina is just so much hype!!!! Overrated!!

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