Filling up at Reservoir

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 Reservoir Burger with fries.

The Reservoir Burger with fries

Fried tetilla cheese

Fried tetilla cheese

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.

The black cod served over farro, a type of wheat.

The black cod served over farro

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.

The chocolate plate.

The chocolate plate

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.

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Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

8 Responses to “Filling up at Reservoir”

  1. May 12, 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    O man.. National Burger Month is gonna make us fat AND broke. I just had the sliders at Brix 42 last nite. Next up, BLT Steak’s kobe burger…

  2. May 12, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    what did you think of the orange lighting? and what about the wine list? just curious…next time try the burger w/ blue cheese.

  3. Matt Mitchell
    May 12, 2009 at 3:23 pm #

    @mattatouille The orange lighting didn’t bother me at all. It’s got that craftsman/rustic feeling to it. The wine list was way too small for my liking. But I like that the $50 bottle of “The Prisoner” retails for $32. Not a very big mark-up at all.

    @sinosoul Not sure what burger is next. Maybe Rowdy Red Burger, Blue Dahlia, or Marmont.

  4. May 13, 2009 at 12:09 am #

    About that lighting, did you attempt adjusting your white balance to try to compensate?

  5. Matt Mitchell
    May 13, 2009 at 7:22 am #

    No I did not, gotta figure out how to adjust the white balance on my point and shoot.

  6. May 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm #

    OMG…the choco tray…I AM SO THERE! I wonder if there’s a good place in Silverlake that serves a mean turkey burger. (I don’t eat beef.)

  7. Matt Mitchell
    May 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm #

    They have a veggie burger at barbarella, but I don’t think they have a turkey burger. If you want a good turkey burger check out 8oz!

  8. May 14, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    matt, i’m glad the lighting didn’t bother you too much.

    as for the wine list, I’ve still got to explore it, but that mark up does seem very reasonable.