Part of the new guard of high-end restaurants livening up The Valley (Murph's, The Gadarene Swine), Tipple & Brine is a MUST for foodies all around LA (not just those living in Sherman Oaks). Focused on well-crafted cocktails (that's the Tipple) and fresh, bright seafood (hence, the Brine), Chefs Mike Williams and Logan Jones are churning out small plates with an emphasis on local, sustainable ingredients. With a restaurant and bar/lounge, Tipple & Brine is the perfect locale for post-work drinks or a casual dinner.
Described as a "unique barn deco design," the interior features reclaimed materials for a modernly rustic feel, while nautical elements give a sly, ironic nod to beach city seafood restaurants.
The menu is categorized into Oysters, Toasts, Salads, Small Plates, Entrees, a Raw Bar, and Sides, allowing customers to split and share an array of delicious dishes.
The cocktail list is extensive, while the drinks are well-crafted, bright, and really fun. A great way to start out the evening.
The blue crab arancini (risotto balls) were delicious. Crispy on the outside, but still light and fluffy, the risotto balls benefitted from an extra boost of flavor from the blue crab without being overwhelmed by fishiness. The tomato sauce was light and added a nice bite of acidity.
A delicious selection from the raw bar, the albacore belly was nice and fatty, yet still light and flavorful. The potatoes seemed like an odd accoutrement, but weirdly worked, while the olive relish added their signature brine.
The oysters were some of the best we've had. Bright, crisp, and fresh with just a bit of lemon.
Serving their crispy brussel sprouts sinfully, the miso aioli added a creamy element, while sweet chili vinegar provided spice. The mint and peanutes were a nice addition. However, the brussel sprouts were a little too crispy.
The seasonal gnocchi (with sweet potatoes, balsamic, and sage brown butter) was a great idea and featured some lovely elements, but was a bit of a let-down. Though the pieces of gnocchi were quite large, there weren't enough of them, and they were easily overwhelmed by too many ingredients. This dish could be easily refined into something fantastic with fewer peanuts and more gnocchi.
Overall, the dining experience was fantastic and fun. A great addition to the valley, Tipple & Brine is a restaurant we would definitely keep visiting.