ECHO PARK — Do British pubs usually have valet stands out front and serve salads with goat cheese? Perhaps not but when your 6,000 miles away from the British Isles, you probably have to be flexible and adapt to local customs and tastes. In this case, The Lost Knight -“A British Pub,” according to the signs – has updated the old-world concept for modern-day Echo Park.
The Lost Knight appears to be in its early shakedown period, with it signs still be installed over the weekend on the building once occupied by Barragan’s, the Mexican restaurant whose owners sold and closed up shop at the end of 2013 after more than 50 years in Echo Park. Inside The Lost Knight, beer and cocktails were being served in a tavern-like area. Some traditional British comfort food – Welsh Rarebit, Fish & Chips and Bangers & Mash – along with some updated items, including salads, a vegetarian sausage roll and Beet Wellington, were on the menu. A few, early Yelp! reviews were promising:
An exciting mix of British comfort foods and ingenious modern takes. The fabulous beer and cocktail list is true to British form with a focus on gin and rare beers. The wine list reflects colonial wine regions as well as the British affection for Bordeaux Clairet.
If the idea of a British pub inside a former Echo Park Mexican restaurant seems odd, just remember that Taix restaurant has been serving French dishes in a faux-chateau with valet service just few blocks away for decades. Perhaps an Echo Park version of the Chunnel will eventually connect the two.