If you’ve braved the subway construction around La Brea and Wilshire recently, you might have noticed a place called Commerson. But with its generic black-and-white storefront and objectively boring logo, you’d have no reason to know what it is. A chain coffee shop? A dentist’s office? Your aunt’s favorite scarf boutique from Scottsdale? Nope. Commerson is a seafood restaurant that’s one of the most underrated places to eat around Mid-Wilshire.
Located at the bottom of a giant mixed-user, Commerson was going to feel suburban whether they wanted it to or not. But given the details of the space, it seems like they’re leaning into that feeling - light bulbs hanging from the ceiling, flat-screens behind the bar if you want to catch the game, and parking validation for up to two hours. The very modern space is certainly nice enough, and we’ll take a validated parking ticket when we can get it, but there’s nothing about this place that truly makes you want to sit down and eat. That is, until the food starts arriving.
Commerson’s menu is mostly comprised of seafood-leaning comfort food, and most of it is both delicious and far from generic. The deviled eggs comes with pimiento cheese and pickled mustard seeds on top, and the poke comes out as a tower of fresh salmon in yuzu, instead of the basic bowl of chopped fish you’ve become accustomed to. You’re also going to want the sweet potato agnolotti with cranberries, pistachios, pecorino, and brown butter, which tastes less like pasta and more like the entire season of fall on one plate. And then there’s the shrimp and chorizo burger, which sounds like something you drunk-order at an Islands after a kickball game, but is actually our favorite thing on the menu. It’s sweet and spicy and savory and the last thing you’d expect to find from this place if you just saw it from the street.
If you pass by Commerson, you won’t have a lot of reasons to think much about it. Poke your head in, and you might think you’ve found yourself in a mall somewhere far from Los Angeles. But actually sit down and eat a meal here, and you’ll discover a restaurant that deserves your attention. Even your aunt with the scarves will agree with that.
Welcome to the latest installment of Pimiento Cheese Makes Everything Better. $5 might seem like a lot for just one egg, but trust us when we say this is worth it.
We’re just as tired of poke as you are, but this is not your usual poke. It’s a tower of fresh salmon and avocado in a yuzu bath, and you need it.
Chicken Liver Mousse
We weren’t mad about this dish, and you won’t be either. That said, there are other dishes we would concentrate on first.
Sweet Potato Agnolotti
Topped with cranberries, pistachios, pecorino, and brown butter, this sweet and savory and a must-order.
Shrimp And Chorizo Burger
This thing sounds like a bad choice you make at 11pm at a sports bar, but at Commerson, it’s very right. The shrimp and chorizo patty itself is fantastic, and the pepper jack and spicy sauce on top give it a nice kick. This is our favorite dish on the menu.
Blackberry Cassis Tart
Despite it arriving to the table looking like some sort of flying contraption for demonic field mice, this dish ultimately just tastes ok. There’s a bit too much going on flavor-wise and the homemade fruit roll-up thing on top only seems to be for visual effect.