As a meat-lover, I'm skeptical about the Vegan/Vegetarian "LA" trend that many Los Angeles eateries follow. I always question whether a meat-less menu would be worth my money. However, I am happy to say that P.Y.T. changed my whole view on the Eco-centric restaurant scene. This month, P.Y.T. ranked #3 on the Eater LA list of Los Angeles and will doubtless continue to surprise Downtown LA restaurant go-ers.
The atmosphere gives off a chill, earthy vibe: hip music is blasting from the speakers and the bartender avidly chats with customers. The decor is simple but chic and the staff are very friendly. It is a little loud, but that definitely contributes to the "cool" vibe the restaurant gives off.
Glancing at the menu, I barely knew half the words! Lucky for us, our waiter was really friendly and explained everything to us and offered his recommendations. The menu ranges from Salt- Baked Turnip to Green Pri-Pri rice, with only two meat dishes that are more on the pricier side.
My favorite dish was our starter. We started with a Potato Chapati Bread which came with dipping sauces: roasted garlic, eggplant dip, and coconut butter. I was blown away by the unique taste of sauce and polished my plate clean. At P.Y.T., the Chapati is a must have
The rest of our meal consisted of simple veggie flavors blended into unique dishes. We had the Roasted Japanese sweet potato with Fuji apple and the Hand-Torn Pasta with Shishito cream and yuzu. Both were really LA-sounding dishes and both were absolutely amazing! For desert, I had an Apple cross'innamon with vanilla ice cream. A croissant mixed with a cinnamon bun- yes please! Overall, I was so happy with the dishes. They were light, flavorful, and special. I didn't need any meat that night.
Amongst the trendy, L.A. restaurants, P.Y.T. was definitely a great, healthy dinner experience that really changed my views on the veggie scene. If you're looking for dinner near campus which isn't too expensive, you should definitely try this out!