It’s Restaurant Week in Los Angeles right now (more accurately, Restaurant Fortnight – it’s two weeks long) – and the city’s food lovers are going wild! I’m out-of-town most of this week (side note: I got a new gig) and so we celebrated/bid me farewell with a Restaurant Week night out at Hyperion Public in Studio City over last weekend.
Hyperion Public is a pub-style place with an appropriate accompanying menu, and their Restaurant Week offering gave us an appetizer, entrée, and drink for $29. Not bad, right? (Also, we did the math, and no matter what we ordered we would each save at least $5 and often closer to $10 ). It’s a warm space with a little patio, casual but classy.
We started with “The Pretzel,” served with Dijon mustard and “OMG Dip.” Buttery and soft, I thoroughly enjoyed this, and the “OMG Dip” was tangy and cheesy and generally excellent. For the other app, we ordered the croquettes (duh), crispy balls of potato and cheese served with spicy tomato sauce. The croquettes were YUM-my, though I wish the sauce had been served on the side as it quickly started to sog up the crispy outsides.
We debated over entrées, but eventually went for the shrimp and grits (again, duh) and the steak pomme frites because French Fries. The shrimp and grits were delicious – creamy grits, savory sauce, and all of it topped with crispy fried onions – I mean, yes please. The steak pomme frites were good, if expected – crispy puffy fries and well-cooked meat – though probably in the end not as interesting of a choice as the cauliflower steak would have been.
Finally, dessert – flourless chocolate cake and salted caramel pie. These were good, if not particularly imaginative, and almost similar – a basic flourless cake with a GIANT scoop of vanilla ice cream and some caramel sauce, and a graham cracker crust pie with a filling that seemed to be made of the same caramel sauce (extra points for homemade whipped cream). Not that it wasn’t good caramel sauce, it just became a bit much to have two desserts with such similar flavor profiles when we were already getting full. If you’re going to get just one, go for the pie – it’s a little more imaginative.
In the end, we thoroughly enjoyed Hyperion Public – it’s not doing anything particularly out-of-the-box, but the food is solid and the $29 menu was a pretty good deal. On top of that, they’ve got a decent selection of beer and alcohol. It’s a warm, good neighborhood joint, which is exactly what it seems to be trying to be.
12969 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604