As Funky As It Gets

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Top chef winner season 2 Ilan Hall at The Gorbals with Sophie Gayot

Top chef winner season 2 Ilan Hall at The Gorbals with Sophie Gayot

 by Sophie Gayot
I remember meeting Top Chef Season 2 winner Ilan Hall at the opening of Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale’s South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, right after his May, 2005 victory. It must have been a lucky night for me, because on top of chatting with him, I was accompanied by Curtis Stone. 
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to discover Hall’s cuisine at The Gorbals Los Angeles that we call “eclectic.” Between the food and the décor, I’m not sure which is more eclectic, but eclectic is indeed the appropriate description. Go, but by no means should you dress up while heading to Hall’s first restaurant, as it is located in in the downtown Los Angeles’ run-down Alexandria Hotel.
After getting into the funky ambience, you should enjoy the food as much as I did. The ever-changing menu is simple but interesting, and quite the value. The day I went, entrees were only $7 to $13! Here’s our full review of The Gorbals.
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You can click on each photo to see the pictures of The Gorbals Los Angeles’s restaurant menu. All photos by Sophie Gayot.
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