Think of it as a fancy pants Pizza and Sports Bar, only with…you know…craft beers, fine wines and handmade pizzas.
Okay, I’ll admit it. The word “rustic” confuses me.
It has always implied the worst of country living, only intentionally so. It makes it seem that the most primitive, most bumpkin-esque parts of life are the only parts of life worth living. That’s not possible. I mean, any world where iPads and Xboxes don’t exist is I world I don’t want to live in.
I was equally confused by The Six Restaurant’s use of the term. You step inside, a dark, but otherwise pretty modern establishment, and its all good. You’ve got a bar, you’ve got TVs. You’ve got Pizzas. This place isn’t exactly suggesting life out in the middle of the sticks.
The Six seems to get its name from the menu options, of which they are…you guessed it…six of every category. Six Starters, Six main courses, etcetera and so on. Whether or not that’s true is anyone’s guess. What is true though, I’ve heard it’s a nice place for lunch. Just off Pico near the Westside Pavilion. It seems a comfy spot where you can get a beer and watch the game, or kick back and have a meal. The menu offered is not bad, not bad at all, but I will say they are clearly trying to ape some of the more successful Food Truck offerings out there. Let’s just say that they clearly tried to imitate Roy Choi’s Korean Tacos, and…let’s also say Roy Choi has nothing to worry about. What I had was nice. While it’s not necessarily a destination spot, if you find yourself frequenting the Fox Studios or anywhere else a Six is in residence, I would make it a part of your normal lunch rotation.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, you should try their Taco Starter. I’m sorry. I know its an amethena to suggest one Chef is ripping off another. The Chef at Six isn’t copying what Roy Choi does ingredient for ingredient. What the Chef at Six is doing is trying to copy how Roy Choi does what he does, using ingredients in a new way to produce an interesting food item. He doesn’t always succeed, but what he’s got certainly does not suck. So, have the Taco Starter. Like I said, it’s not going to make you miss anything at Kogi BBQ or the Alibi Room, but it is a nice Taco. After that I had me the BBT Pizza. Life is made better by the gratuitous addition of Bacon to anything, and a Bacon, Cheese and slice Cherry Tomato Pizza with a handmade crust makes like just a little better. I also sampled their Mac and Cheese (very nice),and their Chicken Breast, which came with small helpings of mango chutney (why is that such a hot thing on so many menus?) atop a bed of couscous. Good, but a little too responsible and healthy for my tastes…at least for now.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Don’t trust the website menu. I had me a Grilled Pork Banh Mi Pizza all lined up and I didn’t see it on the menu when I finally got to the restaurant. Dang! (And as of my last viewing, that Pizza has been deleted off the menu. BTW, that’s only five items under Pizza guys!)
Also, The Six has opened up a Studio City Location:
New Studio City Location
12650 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
PARKING: Surprisingly easy. You can do the street parking thing. Or you can park across the street at the Westside Pavilion (free for three hours). On weekends though, when the neighboring Citibank is closed, I’d try parking in that lot. It’s free, and comes without the time constraints of the mall.
The Six Restaurant
10668 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064