For LA natives, it’s not uncommon to have eaten at one of Chef Roy Choi’s restaurants. We’re no strangers to following Kogi Truck updates for late night korean infused tacos or stopping by Chego for a pork belly sandwich. Now, Roy Choi has done it again with another unique take on his craft, this time with a restaurant focused on vegetables.
The Commissary is an eatery destination inspired by the looks of a traditional glass greenhouse. Inside you’ll find big wide window ceilings giving way to natural lighting, hanging green plants, and a fresh opened space. Not like a greenhouse, the restaurant is nicely air-conditioned with long communal tables.
The atmosphere of the Commissary was beautiful and nothing short of what we expected–if not better. Picture: a sunny Saturday morning, dining on a rooftop in Downtown LA, in a restaurant lined with thriving green plants. If Mother Nature owned a restaurant, it’d closely resemble this.
When you walk in, a hostess will hand you your menu snuggled in recycled envelopes and sit you under one of the green hanging plants. Vivian and I sat in the middle of a communal table. At first, I thought it was weird to sit so close to strangers at a table, but it turned out to be quite nice. Conversations from the people next to us lingered into our own, but it didn’t seem to bother. We were able to talk to each other in peace and did not have to speak very loudly to hear one another. The environment gave off a community-like feel and in turn, enhanced the whole atmosphere of the place.
Fun fact, I’m a sucker for mismatched decorations so seeing the different cloth napkins, cups, and plates that decorated the wooden tables (sadly, not pictured) made me swoon like a high school girl going to her first The Killers concert.
Now about the food. We both ordered the Brioche Eggs Benedict ($18). I substituted my prosciutto for salmon for an additional $6. We thought the food was great, but it was definitely not worth the price. The flavors were well enhanced and balanced, but the portions were so tiny. My additional $6 charge rewarded me with the thinnest slice of smoked salmon ever known to mankind. We each finished our plates in one bite and were still hungry for a traditional American-sized meal (Yes, we know American portions are huge. We love it that way).
One thing I did love was the bag of seeds gifted at the end of our meal. I take it as Roy’s message to “Go forth and start your own greenhouse.”
Overall, I still think the Commissary is a wonderful place to grab drinks and catch up with friends over brunch. The atmosphere and natural lighting is extremely beautiful on a sunny day (not sure if it’s still as charming on a dark night). The staff is wonderfully kind and attentive. The idea of a vegetable focused restaurant is all too lovely. I love what Roy Choi did to the place and will always appreciate his unique take on food. Excited to see what he comes up with next in the future.
Have you been to the Commissary? Let me know about your experience in the comments below.