8722 W. 3rd St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Cuisine: Vietnamese Fusion
Wed, 05/13/2015, 8:15pm reservation
The District by Hannah An is an upscale, sophisticated restaurant with décor that is reminiscent of a museum. Intricate details, from the industrial Edison lights to the elaborate wall designs are apparent throughout. A sense of comfort is felt upon arrival, which I admire. The plate setting consists of both a fork and chopsticks for your utensil preference.
The establishment is two-stories. The upstairs dining area is spacious, ideal for events. There is an outside patio that surrounds the entrance, with fire pits to elicit a warm ambiance.
The chef Hannah An is the daughter to Crustacean's chef Helene An. The food is family style. An prepares classic Vietnamese dishes with a modern twist. For example, the French onion bone marrow is made to resemble French onion soup accompanied with a broth that would be perfect for pho.
|DISTRICT BROWN RICE ($11.00): Edamame, quinoa. This rice was delicious. It was creamy, rich, buttery and oh so good. The texture was surreal. It beats plain brown rice any day!|
|The rib eye served with a piece of plastic|
|HANNAH'S HOMEMADE NOODLES ($12.00): To rectify for the plastic being on the rib eye, we were offered to order any of the other dishes on the menu. We couldn't help but order another round of these babies....so good!|
Overall, I respect Hannah An's twist to Vietnamese cuisine. Her food was good, but was not amazing (they're great as leftovers though!). Additionally, I wasn't a fan of receiving a piece of plastic with my dish, but the manager Chris was accommodating to amend for the mistake. That is an act of great service. The waitress we had did not seem knowledgeable; however we did have another waiter Alex who was fantastic. Events tend to be held pretty regularly here. We happened to arrive on an evening when a magazine partnered with Aston Martin held an event upstairs along with Aston Martins lined up in the front of the restaurant. As beautiful as these cars are, it was quite annoying to have people rev up their cars during dinner service (as well as drunk people interrupting conversations with me and my friend). Luckily, the wait staff cleared up the awkward situation, which I appreciated. Word of advice: Check to see if an event is being held prior to making a reservation.
Notable dishes: District Wok Lobster