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Really enjoyed the creative aspect of the flavors. The chairs in the aft dining are too low and uncomfortable. however. B
We enjoyed the food but the menu was somewhat limited. But I would come back if I was in the area.
Excellent meal for me, my mama and oldest brother. Excellent friendly service with impeccable wine list
Fun place for a group !! Good was excellent, didn’t love the deserts.
Everything was delicious - the short ribs, Brussel sprouts, salad, octopus ... and although I was very disappointed that the cucumber jalapeño sorbet is off the menu, the pear and passion fruit flavors were great. All in all another terrific meal.
poor service, REALLY REALLY LOUD, so many better options. drinks were great though
Small portions, very pricy, noisy, everything was super spicy. Will not be going back.
Amazing ambiance and drinks! The food was good, but menu was somewhat limited and the “entrada” portions were smaller than expected.
Broken Spanish showed a frustrated approach on imitating Mexican Gastronomy. I am Oaxacan. It is Overpriced. Forgettable.
great food; neglectful and pushy service
questionable to us whether the bad service is worth the excellent food
The food was delicious, especially the chicken mole, but the noise level was unbearable. It was so hard to hear that people at other tables were shouting to be heard above the din, and we could not easily converse at our table. Although I enjoyed the new take on Mexican -inspired flavors, I do not think I would go back because of the noise level.
This was a fantastic restaurant - the staff could not have been kinder or more accommodating and helpful. I arrived 30 mins early and had two seats reserved at the counter. The wonderful young maitre'd sat me at an empty table while I waited for my guest. I was able to order a drink and appetizer in comfort. The place was packed so I was very grateful. The food was sublime and washed down with the house skinny marguerita.
Thank you Broken Spanish what a fabulous meal. Great atmosphere and superb choices of some of the best New Mexican cuisine available in Los Angeles.
Loved everything about Broken Spanish! The food and drinks were truly outstanding.
Too loud. Impossible to have a conversation. Drinks very pricey. Food is solid but service only mediocre and ambiance is nothing to write home about.
Overpriced for quality, food wasn’t spaced out.
All in all I was disappointed with Broken Spanish. From the pics and description I was expecting to be wowed, for the food to really pop with layers of flavor. It simply did not. The margarita as most margaritas in dtla was small and barely able to get a buzz going. I started off with the taco cause let's face it, if a Mexican restaurant can't do a taco right then we're in trouble. The taco was crammed with chorizo. Normally not a bad thing but it almost felt pedestrian, nothing really nuanced except for a nice crunch from the cheese. Overall it was ok, filling, it stuffs you. Next I tried the chochoyotes cause frankly I never heard of a chochoyote but had high hopes. Biggest disappointment of the night. The Masa dumplings were bland utterly flavorless. The pork or chicharon on top of the dumpling somehow even more bland. Then the soup? Or sauce? The dumplings were in? Basically a bowl of green tomatillo broth, so acidic I had to leave it. It just screamed acid reflux all night long. Lastly I finished the night with the barbacoa cause sadly the lamb was off the menu. I just saw it on the menu last week when I was perusing where to eat next. Basically the best dish of the night but still. It's short rib. You can't mess that up. A couple nice bites of tender beef and crisp fat. The meat sat on an ocean of beans w/ bacon. Again not bad tasting but beans and a small short rib for almost $50? Nah. Damage was 93 without tip for app. Small and main plus one drink.
Enjoyed dinner, service was ok. Seemed like they had a lot of staff but not enough attention paid to guests. For those prices I would think service would be spot on. We were seated at a table for 12 but there were only 8 of us. Noise level was too high to have conversation around the table.
The food was delicious. The tamal was light and melt in your mouth. The basil added just that extra touch of flavor. The Chile relleno was creamy with just the right amount of heat. The service was great, I didn’t wait for anything and the staff was very attentive.
All in all it was a great experience!
We had a WONDERFUL time. The service was amazing- the staff welcomed us warmly and sat us quickly. We sat at the counter which we enjoy. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable.... he guided us and every recommendation he made was spot on. I had the pineapple margarita and my friend had the Oaxacan remedy margarita. My husband who does not drink alcohol ordered a non-alcoholic passion fruit drink which we all thought it was fantastic. We ordered the taco, tamal, tostada and chochoyotes. The ensalada was fresh and light. Our server made a suggestion for a cuvée wine which was delicious. It was fun to see the chef/owner Ray Garcia working in the kitchen. We asked to have him sign a menu and he came over and greeted us. This is a special occasion and we will definitely return.
Excellent food!! Creative flavors that worked.
highly touted, very disappointing, altho the small plates were quite good...we ordered a bone-in ribeye for $125 and all 3 of us had the same opinion: very poor cut and not properly prepared...shame on the purveyor and the kitchen...we reluctantly sent it back and ordered 2 more so-so dishes.........also, i think we're all getting a little tired of being instructed on how, or what, to order and the proper way to eat it...if i hear the words "family style" and "meant to be shared" anymore i think i'll run screaming
The vegetarian options were excellent and the cocktails were delicious!
The food is awesome. The service is awesome. Great place
The food speaks for itself! We tried everything(and I mean everything!) But if I had to just pick a few items...the duck meatballs, the pinquin beans, chicken necks, whipped carnitas fat, and the snapper were my favorite! The passion from the Chef and team comes through 100%. Go check this place out you won't be disappointed.
Eclectic menu, but all dishes surprisingly good. Will definitely add this to our list of faves in LA.
Everything was great...A little cold they sat us by near the wine cooler.
Our table was a bit off to the side and we had a hard time seeing our menus because there wasn’t enough light...:but other than that....fantastic!
we had a reservation for 2 but needed to add two more and they were great. Food and service most excellent!
What a disappointment!
I had a 5:45 reservation (7:30 game at Staples) and arrived on time. The place was less than 25% full, plenty of time at a "small plate" restaurant to make the game. Think again.
We ordered the tortillas with lentils, queso fundido, chile relleno, octopus and lamb shank. We asked about.
The lentils were excellent, rich with a fore-taste that was tart on the tongue and an after bite (I love lentils). The blue corn tortillas were fine, but nothing special. The cheese was also tart and then had a bite...I was detecting a pattern. Next came the meatballs, we told the service person that we had not ordered them. The waiter came by and apologized for the error and said not to worry about the bill. Next came the relleno...with a steak knife to cut it. That knife was needed as the chile was large, tough, and almost tasteless. After a while, the octopus showed up. A new addition to the menu (we later learned), it is a failure. Why? The octopus is grilled, cut in small pieces and then covered in what looks a lot like ratatouille with chick peas substituted for eggplant. The sauce is over-powering and almost acrid. The point of a strong sauce is to cover inferior meat or fish; here, the octopus was top notch, but ruined by being in such a sauce. (I would have this same criticism even if I liked the sauce...the chef seems not to understand when to let the base ingredient come through and when to hide it). My date asked about the time. I said that was about 6:55 and that I would ask for the check when the lamb arrived so that we could get to the game for the anthem. No lamb. Get the waiter explain the time situation, he brings the bill. Still no lamb and no explanation, but the meatballs were on the bill. Get the waiter who apologizes about the bill and brings a corrected one and free wine while telling me that the kitchen had said it would be out in 8 minutes 3 minutes ago. 10 minutes later it arrives on top of a cold mush. We sent it back.
Fantastic food and service. Outstanding chorizo taco's were only upstaged by the more outstanding oxtail quesadillas. Both are on the homemade blue corn tortillas which by themselves are super delicious. As a lifetime lover of all types and styles of Mexican food I've never seen tortillas on a menu by themselves before this.... but I understand why they are now that I've had them. Go there. You won't regret it.
Broken Spanish offers excellent Mexican cuisine and cocktail. Service is great, and helpful. I would caution anyone with a less-than-robust tolerance for piquant food to seek guidance in ordering. The downside is that the restaurant seems to encourage a very loud atmosphere that certainly is not conducive to conversation.
Very tasty! I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. I got the Borrego lamb and it literally fell apart when I touched it with my fork. Definitely recommend!
Outstanding food, balanced between spicy and delicious.
Our group of 5 ordered a couple of dishes from each of the three categories and this was plenty of food. The pulpo was excellent, as was the Brussels sprouts. The chicken mole and barbacoa were deeply flavored and very tender. The isla flotante made a great dessert to share. Excellent evening, well-executed creative dishes and great service. Would highly recommend.
It was my 2nd time at Broken Spanish. The menu is different. I was looking forward to ordering the rabbit, but it's no longer on the menu. Not disappointed as I thoroughly enjoyed the following:
Queso fundido - scrumptious and decadent / Oxtail quesadillas -outstanding / chile rellenos (not a fan) / mezcal (of course) and tortilla ice cream for dessert. mmmmmm !!
The blue corn tortillas were so yummy as well.
Love this place. Our service was excellent and we loved all the recommendations
Took my daughter for a fancy NYE meal, sublime food. Intoxicating flavors with different textures.
Overall, fabulous supper but a little pricey.
We were blown away by the amazing flavors, colors and textures of the beautiful food! Such a wonderful experience.
We were promptly seated for our reservation however we waited 20 minutes just to place a drink order and another 20 minutes wait to place the food order .The waitress never went out of her way to help us with the menu offerings, never asked us how our meal was or if we needed anything else . It’s too bad the service was so poor because the food was excellent .