Associated with 1980's Wall Street types or the L.A. Hollywood elites' trips to Bouchon, the concept of a "power lunch" can sometimes seem a bit vintage. Everyone today works through lunch, right? We bring food (or Postmate it), eat at our desks, and try to blend in and act like productive employees who wouldn't dare take the legally allotted time to nourish ourselves. Only when setting up meetings or entertaining clients do we even consider taking our full hour and actually going to lunch. But I'm here to tell you that it's time you stand up for your rights! Take your lunch break! Go somewhere fun! Brighten your day with a proper meal! And that's exactly where the new Spring Restaurant on 3rd St. in Downtown LA comes in.
From the French couple that brought us Church & State in the Arts District, Spring is a calming, sophisticated oasis that serves Southern French cuisine with a Mediterranean flare. With high ceilings, plenty of natural light, and a fountain and trees adorning the center, the spacious restaurant has an old-world feel of a classic meeting spot for the city's high society. But the white walls, silver tables, and marble counters infuse the space with a necessary modernity that position it as a power-lunch spot for any Downtown worker bees. While they're certainly open for dinner and drinks, their lunch menu features plenty of serious dishes (like Escargot), all crafted with a light touch. From seafood-focused entrees to bright salads, the Southern French influences are definitely felt.
We started off with a simple butter lettuce salad. The mustard vinaigrette was really light, but had a nice punch of flavor, while the lettuce was crisp. It's definitely the kind of light and refreshing salad that works perfectly for a power lunch.
Next, we split the artisanal pasta with spinach and a soft poached egg. For pasta, it was really light, and the strozzeresti was perfectly cooked. The poached egg added a really satisfying element, and all together, this dish was a great choice for lunch. It definitely doesn't feel like an overly indulgent pasta dish, but will be sure to keep you full and happy throughout the rest of the day.
Finally, we ordered the slowly cooked cod, which was a really nice entrée choice. The cod itself was mild, but very moist. It could've have been seasoned a bit more, but was enveloped in a really tasty, rich sauce. I particularly loved the artichokes, radishes, and veggie accoutrements, which brought in more Mediterranean flavors.
Overall, the meal was a really light but tasty lunch. We left without a food coma, which is always helpful when you still have a day of work to finish. From the atmosphere to the menu, Spring is a great new option for a calming yet productive power lunch.