Farid Zadi and Susan Park's Spanish Fly
Culinary globe-trotting is a favorite pastime for many intrepid Angelenos.
We can follow street-side tacos with a breakfast dim sum feast the next day, for example, or eat ceviche in the style of numerous Spanish-speaking countries.
But sitting down to a meal that bounces from North Africa to France, from France to South Korea, is a unique experience that happens to be more about one couple’s marriage than about L.A.’s polyglot culture.
The pair in question is Farid Zadi, who was born in France but has Algerian roots, and Susan Park, who is of Korean descent. The restaurant is Spanish Fly Gastropub, the couple’s follow-up to the lovely, short-lived Café Livre. Whereas that Culver City restaurant was predominantly French, no geographical center holds at Spanish Fly: Zaalouk, a Moroccan eggplant-and-tomato dip served with pita chips, and the North African stuffed savory pastry brik ($7 to $8) are followed by a duck confit sandwich ($14).
Inventively seasoned sausages are featured on the menu too, including spicy kimchi-bacon links, which can be eaten on a roll (pictured; $9) or served on a platter with fries and pickles ($18). But this being a nominally Korean restaurant in Koreatown, slices of the kimchi-bacon sausage also appear alongside chewy rice cakes in a spicy plate of ddukbokki ($14).
Spanish Fly Gastropub, 3800 Wilshire Blvd., Koreatown; 213-412-2992 or spanishflygastropub.com
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