Thursday, January 29, 2015

Petal to the Metal

Head to the valley for farm-to-table at Girasol


You thought you knew the sunflower.

She belonged on greeting cards, or your grandma's kitchen towels.

You never imagined the awkwardly tall, big-headed flower could embody a restaurant such as Girasol, Studio City's bright new gem, open now. 

Girasol means sunflower in Spanish (phonetic pronunciation: Hee-rah-sohl), and such was the cue for designer Gulla Jonsdottir (Red O) who ornamented the space with giant plaster petals and emblazoned the flower onto the spot's emblem.

It's all supposed to represent farm-to-table, which was hard to come by in the Valley until Top Chef two-timer CJ Jacobson came along. His seasonal California fare is exactly what the neighborhood ordered.

Exhibit A: after you try the fava bean puree with chorizo and lavash bread, hummus will forever be ho-hum. Exhibit B: The fried red snapper is the home-run dish, presented both whole and in an upright, swimming position. Cocktails are on the way, with the liquor license expected by end of August.

Desserts will change seasonally, but get in ASAP for the olive oil cake with peaches, apricots, crème fraîche, and house-made fruit leather.

FYI: No animals are sacrificed in the making of fruit leather.

11334 Moorpark St., Studio City
(818) 924-2323

Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Parking: Valet
Best bets: Rose wine through summer; red snapper
Hot seat: On the half indoor/half outdoor patio
Nearby: Tiki No; Laurel Tavern; Black Market

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