The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Good not great.
I expected more; while there were a few highlights, I wouldn’t go back.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
The Cannibal is Culver City’s newest restaurant and their second location (New York is their first). There is a very manly vibe when you walk in and the restaurant is full of the male species – it is after all a meat and beer place. It was packed when we went (Saturday) and the chatter can get quite loud. While it’s a plus that they took advantage of the space, depending on where you sit it can feel cramped. We were at the bar and there was constantly employees running into our chairs or knocking into our purses. Everyone was very nice, but it took a while to get any sort of service (order food, get an extra napkin, bring the bill).
Lunch Mon – Fri 11:30am – 2:30pm
Brunch Sat – Sun 10am – 3pm
Dinner Mon – Wed, Sun 5:30pm – 10pm
Thurs – Sat 5:30pm – 11pm
What we ate:
- The Samitaur ($11)
- Everything Pretzel ($5)
- Beef Tartare ($12)
- Pork Rillettes ($12)
- Farm potatoes ($9)
- Grilled Broccolini ($10)
- Hanger Steak ($28)
The Samitaur has tequila, mint, citrus, pineapple, and lime salt. It was delicious and definitely one of the highlights. It tasted like the juice that collects at the bottom of fruit with lime and chile. It was refreshing with just enough alcohol. I would reorder!
I’m a bagel girl, it’s like a pretzel, but less dense. This pretzel was essentially a bagel in pretzel form and I loved it. The topping is salty (like every pretzel ever made), but the scallion cream cheese is what dreams are made of. I asked for extra and chowed down!
I’m a self professed steak tartare aficionado and I can honestly say I’ve never had one like this. The idea was great, the sauce was tasty and the portions were perfect; however, I wish the bread would’ve been a little thinner because it overpowered the delicacy of the beef.
This was so disappointing we sent it back. The pork had no flavor and it was awkwardly sweet. Everything about this was so wrong and I would strongly suggest against it.
I could’ve done without everything else on the plate, but the steak itself was simple and delicious. There weren’t any frills and the meat spoke for itself. It wasn’t drool worthy, but I think I got my money’s worth.
The potatoes were very good – crispy and crunchy; but I wasn’t a fan of the sauce. I got excited because the menu said “lemon puree” and everything citrusy, I love! However, the sauce was a bit sweet, think the flavor of lemon desserts. It tasted more like a sweet lemon curd than a sauce and I wasn’t a fan.
Overall, there were a few promising dishes, but nothing that impressed me or made me want to go back. It’s worth checking out if you like beer because their selection is quite vast, but I would skip the meal and head elsewhere.