"COMMISSARY IS A GREENHOUSE WITH A FOCUS ON FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. IT’S NOT NECESSARILY A VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT, JUST GOOD FOOD AND DRINK BASED AROUND PLANTS AS THE FOUNDATION. IT'S ALSO AN HOMAGE TO ALL THE PEOPLE AND FAMILIES HERE IN SO CAL THAT WORK ON FARMS TO BRING FOOD TO OUR TABLES. SET BESIDE A SHIMMERING POOL, IT'S GOT ALL THE AMENITIES OF A PRIVATE CLUB BUT CREATED FOR THE PUBLIC. COME SUNBATHE IN CARROT JUICE, MACK ON A SALAD, OR GRAB SOME EGGS AND TOAST. COMMISSARY IS YOUR OWN LITTLE OASIS WHERE YOU CAN FEEL RIGHT AT HOME AND CHILL."
This past Sunday, after a long night of celebration, all I wanted was a quiet and relaxing birthday brunch. The Commissary in Koreatown was the perfect choice! It was my first time ever coming here, but knowing that it was a Roy Choi establishment (the creator and chef behind the famous Kogi food trucks) I already knew it was going to be delicious.
The dining experience was amazing --- this place is absolutely gorgeous. Commissary is one of two restaurants at The Line Hotel (the other one is simply called, "Pot") and is located inside a greenhouse on the second floor. Koreatown is pretty busy and most of the buildings are older, so this restaurant's funky design was pretty unexpected -- it was such a hidden gem! It has such a great vibe; while you're dining you're surrounded by so many bright and colorful plants. It's stylishly furnished and all of the chairs are from different sets. Even the silverware and glasses are mismatched, but it adds to the fun and quirkiness.
The food? Definitely a little overpriced, but for a special occasion its doable and totally worth it. We ordered a bagel (served with a cute jar of jam), the Egg's Benedict (with hash browns), the Breakfast Burrito and a side of chicken sausage. One thing about the menu: there's not a lot to choose from and it's not very descriptive. For example, I didn't know that Egg's Benedict would come with prosciutto and not the traditional choice of canadian bacon. I don't eat prosciutto, so I ended up just picking it off. The hash browns were very interesting and none like any I've ever had. It had a very strange texture, but I enjoyed it. My boyfriend ordered the Breakfast Burrito (which had eggs, steak, and cheese and some super yummy salsa verde) and I heard him describe it as, "the best I've ever had."
Since we came on a Sunday morning, the place was pretty packed. We made reservations, and accidentally came early, but it still took them awhile to seat us. Thankfully, they did offer a round of drinks on the house because of the slower service, which we really appreciated! Honestly, I didn't mind waiting around inside as it gave me the opportunity to take some pictures and take in the beauty. My boyfriend told the waiter that it was my birthday, so they brought out this delicious "klondike bar thing" (that's how the waiter described it). Okay so here's it was: passion fruit ice cream, chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, and a toffee made out of Ritz crackers (what???) and pecans. Yeah... MinD BlowN.
I'm so glad I checked this place out and would recommend it to anybody. It's such a cute garden oasis, and the pool side setting is the perfect place to chill out after a long week (or crazy weekend). Also, it's located next to a bunch of Korean spas, so maybe after your next massage or body scrub at Wi Spa or the Olympic Spa, you can enjoy a yummy meal at The Commissary!
PS: Apparently the lunch and dinner menus are pretty cool, too. They don't have descriptions or even names of the dishes, just hand drawn illustrations, where you point out what you want and build your own meal. I can't wait to come back and try it.
I also want to come back and stay at The Line Hotel, try the Cafe and the other restaurant, Pot. I'm telling ya, this place is funky... the walls in the elevator are leopard print...