If LA is known for any one cuisine, it's probably Mexican food, so us Angelenos have certain expectations when experiencing Latin flavors. But Broken Spanish, a new concept from Ray Garcia and restauranteur Golden Boy Bill Chait (the man behind seemingly every big hit, like Republique and Bestia), turns those expectations on their head. Promising pan-Latin cuisine that they describe as "authentically inauthentic," Broken Spanish serves old school soul flavors with modern, new-wave ingredients for a dining experience that is entirely unique. Keep scrolling to check out all our favorite dishes, and our final words.
For our drinks, we started with The Surfer Rosa and The Patron Saint. The Surfer Rosa was a take on a Pimm's Cup, with a great mix of citrus-y and floral elements. The Patron Saint was also great, with a good mix of classic and modern flavors. Both fantastic cocktails to start out with.
Our first dish was the Rebanda, which was a pan dulce with foie gras butter, and this couldn't have been a better first dish. The bread was soft and fluffy, and the foie gras butter was as decadent and delicious as it sounds. Each bite just melts in the mouth; though the dish wasn't particularly Latin, we loved it.
Next, we got the Tacos de Jamaica, which are a great option for vegetarians (or anyone, really). With hibiscus flowers, quesillo, and avocado, the meat wasn't really missed. They surprisingly packed a spicy punch, but that was tempered by the cream avocado and cheese.
Next up were the oxtail quesadillas, which were delicious. They were decadent and meaty, and perfectly made. Loved the corn tortillas, and the addition of the plantain.
The esquites were another really nice addition to the meal. Essentially corn with spices and cheese, they were creamy yet spicy. Great little dish.
The lamb neck tamales are definitely a Broken Spanish essential. They perfectly illustrate the meeting point of their classic Latin flavors and modern, new-wave ingredients. The texture of the tamale was really spot on-- not too soft. And the lamb neck was so tender and delicious. Another huge hit.
So this dish may look a bit odd, and that's because it was served in a bag. It wasn't the most appetizing presentation on the planet, but it was really good. I don't generally order rabbit, but this was a really interesting, flavorful preparation. The cherry tomatoes were a really nice, sweet addition to this. They also served us some heirloom corn tortillas, which were a great way to wrap up the rabbit.
Overall, the experience was incredible. We loved the food, and the service was fantastic. We would go back in a heartbeat, and expect that Broken Spanish will soon be HOT. Our word of advice: book now before everyone else.