As part of my quest during National Burger Month we paid a visit to Gloria Felix‘s Reservoir in Silverlake. Sinosoul recommended that I check it out for it’s burger. Felix is the behind the scenes Sous Chef on this season’s Hell’s Kitchen, and I was excited to try her new stylish restaurant featuring a rustic, farmer’s market driven menu. Located just south of Silverlake Resevoir, the restaurant boasts a seasonal changing menu of delicious and creative pizzas, salads, entrees with “set-ups” (or sides), a lone pasta dish and of course the burger. The small selection of wine and beer is surprisingly affordable and not terribly marked up. But it is that, very small.
The restaurant is cozy indeed. A few patio seats out front, with views of beamers, Volvos, and bio diesel Mercedes rushing up and down Silverlake Blvd. Inside, they’ve put together as many seats as they could fit. So be prepared to cozy up to your neighbors.
The burger was simple and rustic like the restaurant. It had a good char to the outside, but the patty, larger than the bun, was a little flat and subsequently falling apart a little as I ate it. It came with a slice of cheddar, a mound of arugula, and a large slice of a red ripe tomato, plus a side of ketchup and garlic aioli. The meat had a great flavor, and I might give it another shot, if constructed properly might have been a more suburb burger. Sorry for the dark pics, but like I said, it’s cozy and dark inside.
The Fried tetilla cheese is something they had on the menu at AOC, where Felix spent some time in the kitchen. A soft, Spanish cheese made from cows milk. It was served with thin slices of grilled sourdough baguette and grilled onions. What’s not to love about fried cheese served with bread?
Angela got the Black cod with a miso glaze served over a bed of farro tossed with grilled asparagus, broccoli rabe with currants, toasted pine nuts and roasted shallots. The fresh black cod, with a perfect crisp skin, was slightly sweet and tasted fresh out of the ocean. The farro, a type of wheat, was the perfect example of a rustic dish. Who knew something so good for you, could taste so good.
For dessert we got the chocolate plate. A chocolate pot de creme, spicy hot coco, Guinness ice cream, molten lava cake, white chocolate peppermint bark, and milk chocolate hazelnut toffee. I loved having just a small taste of each one. Unfortunately the ice cream, bark, and toffee started to melt quickly in the warm restaurant, with more experience we would have known to eat those first.
They don’t take reservations, which makes walk-ins a breeze. But it can get busy during the rush on the weekends, so be prepared to wait during those busy hours. The prices aren’t outrageous either. Entrees run from $18-$32, the burger $16, pizzas and salads $8-$11. It’s a great neighborhood restaurant, and it’s obvious that Gloria knows her way around the kitchen. The staff and service were friendly and helpful. Reservoir is open 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm Tuesday – Sunday.