Post & Beam
DESCRIPTION: Upscale Restaurant
CUISINE: Innovative, Contemporary Fusion
CREDIT CARDS: yes
COVER CHARGE: none
TAKES RESERVATIONS: yes
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Thu 10a-10p, Fri 11:30a-11p, Sat 5p-11p, Sun 11:30a-3:30p
ADDRESS: 3767 Santa Rosalia Drive, Los Angeles, CA
PARKING: parking lot in plaza
RAPID TRANSIT: none
Post & Beam Restaurant Review
This remarkable project attracted experienced restauranteur-owner, Brad Johnson, who was the principal behind the famous Georgia’s Restaurant on Melrose Avenue until it closed. Brad is joined by celebrity chef, Govind Armstrong, a friend of many years. They waited for the right project to come along and set a goal to offer a local gathering place for well prepared food and drink by people who care. Their commitment shows. Executive Chef Govind Armstrong and co-owner Brad Johnson invested over $1 million to open this bistro in New Years Eve 2011. Brad and Govind transformed their vision from mock-ups to original architecture. Though Brad says this architectural style is inspired by several buildings in the community, Post & Beam’s mid-20th Century landmark-style featuring industrial elements outside and exposed duct work inside feels like a West LA transplant. The suspended lighting is soft with lots of windows for daytime light. Strategically placed candles and artwork warm the setting for nighttime dining. Patio dining is also a welcome treat. Its a place to covet for casual dining, fine dining and business lunches.
Chef Govind’s cooking philosophy calls for high-quality ingredients on a custom-designed, wood-burning stove that squeezes every ounce of flavor from meats. Everything in the kitchen is exactly where Govind wants it, which makes it easier to serve patrons a little faster. On one of the busiest nights of year, this reviewer found Post & Beam to be a friends-night-out and romantic dining winner. I sampled Spiced Flatbread with Picked Tomato & Hummus, Deviled Eggs with Smoked Catfish, Crawfish Beignets with Golden Beet Tartar Sauce, Ethiopian Tacos with Injera Bread and Tartar, and buttermilk mashed potatoes.
The lunch menu did not disappoint either. I sampled the Cast Iron Chicken, Olive Poached Garlic with Grilled Lemon. Yummy. Though I wish my appetite expanded to include the Deviled Egg Sandwich with Asiago, Smoked Bacon and Garlic roasted Tomatoes and the Turkey Sausage Meatballs. Then it got down to the real ‘eatin.