Culver City is one of the most up-and-coming neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Originally thought of as “the middle” of LA, or that neighborhood you have to pass through as you go from Venice to West Hollywood, Culver City is now amazingly developed with big name restaurants, fitness classes, and stores invading the area. The Cannibal, located right by Platform LA, is one of these restaurants and it has absolutely made it’s mark on the area…
Upon looking at the menu for The Cannibal I have to admit I was a bit nervous. The menu is definitely meat focused (and I’m not the biggest meat eater) and there seemed to be a bunch of dishes containing gluten. Well I was wrong! The menu was super gluten-friendly, and although there was a good amount of meat on the menu, there was also an awesome selection of salads and vegetable sides. I highly recommend the Roasted Beets with avocado pesto and basil and the Crispy Brussels Sprouts with calabrian chile and bagna cauda. These sprouts were some of the best I’ve had in LA! For mains, we ordered the Tuna Nicoise Salad with olives, early girl tomatoes, hard boiled egg, and lemon vinaigrette and Little Gems Salad with grilled chicken and avocado. Both were large and super filling! Lastly, we HAD to order the hanger steak. Served on top of a carrot walnut romesco puree, this steak was the perfect portion size and SO tasty! Other then the bread items, the only real gluten culprit at the restaurant is soy! For example, the cauliflower sounds delicious and seems gluten-free, but it is cooked with soy and therefore a no-go. Also the Thai Sausage with watermelon, cilantro, bok choy uses soy, which is unfortunate because it sounds so interesting!
On the whole, I absolutely LOVED The Cannibal, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I went for lunch and the restaurant had a great vibe– it seems to be the go-to restaurant for those who work in the area, and I imagine it has a great scene at night, too. I will absolutely be back soon!