You might recognize Ilan Hall, the guy on the left, as the Season 2 winner of "Top Chef." With Natan Zion, he now has his own restaurant, the Gorbals, in the historic Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The name comes from the Glasgow neighborhood where Hall's Scottish and Israeli parents, both of Eastern European descent, grew up. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times)
The Gorbals **
Inside the Alexandria Hotel, 501 S. Spring St., downtown Los Angeles; (213) 488-3408; www.thegorbalsla.com
Savory small plates, $7 to $15; sweets, $7. Corkage, $15.
Open for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday and for dinner 6 p.m. to midnight Monday to Wednesday and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday to Saturday. Full bar. Parking in lots just to the south on the same block. Sunday brunch is served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rating is based on food, service and ambience, with price taken into account in relation to quality. ****: Outstanding on every level. ***: Excellent. **: Very good. *: Good. No star: Poor to satisfactory.
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