I Love LA: A lunch at Bottlefish Brentwood
Well, it's safe to say there are a few things I love more than brunch, and that's really, really, good brunch. When I got invited to go into Bottlefish, a new restaurant in Brentwood, I have to admit I wasn't expecting to have one of the best lunches in history. I scheduled myself to go in on a Sunday, because what else do you do on Sunday other than eat? Obviously, nothing!
When we arrived, we had no idea what to expect. Tucked upstairs inside a little boutique shopping area in Brentwood, the restaurant is hardly visible from the street. They had inexpensive valet downstairs, and then we took a quick escalator up to the second level which is where the entrance to the restaurant lies.
Let me stop right now and say: this place is fucking incredible. Sorry, but the F word needs to be used here. I'm a HUGE seafood fan and not one thing we ordered failed to impress. Brian, my lunch date, was actually MAD at me for (I quote) "making him eat so much". Err ok, like I feel really bad for you, not.
The lunch menu at Bottlefish is pretty extensive, and it's a seafood lover's dream. That being said, let's get back to the food: To start, we noshed on spicy caesar salad with bibb lettuce, which was the best caesar salad I've EVER had and I do NOT say that lightly. We also had smoked trout dip (amazing), and a raw scallop special dish that came with WARM BROWNED BUTTER, sea salt, chives, and lemon zest. I'm sorry but scallops and butter, do I need to say more?
For the main courses we opted for the snapper fish tacos and the lobster roll. The fish tacos came with an entire fish filet, two different salsas, pickled onions, and beans. I ordered the corn as a side which went with them perfectly as well. Brian's dish was a lobster roll which the server offered to us hot or cold. The obvious choice for us was warm, although the server said it's frequently requested chilled. Regardless, I was lucky enough to try a bite of the lobster, which was nothing short of juicy and succulent. Brian is from New Jersey and used to eating Maine lobster in the summers, and he definitely gave the lobster roll a stamp of approval.
I have to give a shout out to the kitchen staff and chef for being so accommodating. I've never talked about this before on here, but I'm pretty severely allergic to gluten, and not by choice. They willingly brought me sliced cucumbers with the trout dip and omitted the croutons from our caesar. Their service was nothing but A+.
There is also a full bar and extensive cocktail menu. I would recommend their take on a dark and stormy any day! The spicy margarita was also very good.
Thank you, Bottlefish for the incredible meal and I can't wait to come back! If you're reading this, you should 100% go for lunch or dinner asap. They're also starting a regular weekend brunch shortly which is sure to impress.
11677 San Vicente Blvd #200
Los Angeles, CA 90049