In downtown L.A., consistency has become a synonym for change. Locals have been returning to these once-overlooked streets for some time now, and historic enclaves have been steadily reimagined as fresh spaces. But at Faith and Flower, that ever more ubiquitous desire to embrace the old with the new is done with an independent take on the details.
Faith is the original name of Flower Street, which can be seen from the emerald chairs and round booths near the entrance. The accompanying tables stand under Gatsby-like chandeliers, and menus take the form of a book. At first glance, a simple fan of the pages will show indecipherable words. But at a closer look, quotes of well-known people – as diverse as Julia Child and Notorious B.I.G. – will come into view. Study it as cocktails are delivered. The restaurant’s famed English Milk Punch, which was revived from an 1862 recipe, takes three days to concoct. Its spicy sweetness is worth another round, but the dark forest cocktail should come next.
Start with the kanpachi ceviche before sharing a plate of crunchy confit duck leg coated with a blueberry au poivre. Then scoop up the oxtail agnolotti with enough bone marrow butter and chicharrones for the perfect bite. At dessert, taste the light mousse of the hazelnut chocolate feulleitine. Lastly, end the meal with a “Leap of Faith,” an absinthe drink punctuated by inhaling trapped vapors through a straw.
Change can become familiar, but a dinner like that keeps you on your toes.