THE ARTISAN HOUSE- a new, extraordinary restaurant downtown L.A


If you are looking to shake things up during this holiday season you should pay the Artisan House, a new multifaceted restaurant downtown L.A a visit. With a bar and a deli attached to the restaurant there is everything a culinary heart and environmentalist can desire and some history on top.

You’d be surprised to know that downtown L.A has long become the new hotspot for hipsters, artists and fashionistas. When it comes to attention to quality, detail and service the Artisan House certainly holds its own.

The Artisan House opening took place yesterday Dec. 7th 2011 on 600 S Main Str. in downtown on the ground floor of the historic Pacific Electric Building.

Stepping into the bar you right away get the feeling you’re catapulted into the glamorous turn-of-the-century era. With its large arched windows, walnut hardwood floors, mahogany doors and marble everywhere the bar and the restaurant exude rural charm and a classic yet contemporary feel.

Raphael Javaheri, CEO of Ecotex and now co-founder/director of the Artisan House is no stranger to the world of business and design. Under the guidance of Managing partner Patrice Rozat ( Mr Chow, Four Seasons) and Executive Chef Jason Ryczek ( One Sunset, Boa) Raphael embarked on this culinary adventure with not only his patrons but also his environment at heart.

Distinguished by an upscale California Mediterranean menu, a full bar and an attached deli that holds many delicious cheeses, charcuterie, soups, breads, legumes, salads and an impressive selection of organic sodas, one feels that the place is divided in two: for 1) dining and drinks and 2) for lunch, take out, delivery and groceries. As a matter of fact the deli section reminds of a Californian version of Dean & Deluca.

During our brief encounter Raphael points out that all produce is organic and mostly from local artisans. His love for architecture and local farming is apparent.

He tells me about their vegetable-, salad- and herb garden upstairs.

While tasting the delicious tuna tartar and spicy fried shrimp on buns I feel straight away at home. Delicious is also the risotto, marinated vegetables and Lemon Meringue Pie.

Entrees are reasonably priced for lunch $16-21 and dinner $21-32.

By the end of the evening, I wish I am still working in the Fashion district downtown. This place offers its patrons not only breakfast, lunch, dinner but also desserts and take-home cocktails.

With a DJ spinning Thu-Sun., the Artisan also offers a separate 10.000sq.ft space for catered events on the 9th floor.

On weekends one can enjoy brunch and if you are a night owl the restaurant is open till 2:30 am Sat+ Sun. Weekdays the restaurant+ bar are open until 10:30pm.

 I for one am looking forward to trying the prefixed 5-course dinner ($55/per person) that includes Prime Beef Crudo, Truffle Celeriac Vichyssoise, Duck Prosciutto and Pear Flatbread, Pan Seared Scallops and a dessert of Candy Apple with Granny Smith Apple Sorbet and spice rum caramel on my next visit!

Voila and Bon Appetit!

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