Chefs: The husband and wife team, Angela Hernandez and Rob Lawson, each have very strong resumes: both worked at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in New York before moving to L.A., after which she cooked at Bazaar and he at the Hotel Bel-Air.
Food: At Flores, they're serving very well executed small plates: pork cheek fritters; beets and nectarines; squid with purple potatoes, olives and lemon. There's not much to complain about, apart from the fact that it all seems very familiar, and perhaps a little too derivative. Chicken liver bruschette? Check. Kale salad? Check. It's enough to make it a fantastic option for the neighborhood, but since menus like this exist all over town, that keeps it from being a true destination.
Drinks: Flores focuses on wine, with a fairly short but eclectic, affordable and well-chosen list. There are also some interesting beers. There are no true cocktails, but they do serve stone fruit sangria and micheladas.
Decor: From the review: "The white-bricked and wooden-walled room is bathed in golden light, anchored by a semicircular marble chef's counter. Outside, a fire burns in what looks like an oversized birdcage in the middle of the patio. It's a good-looking restaurant."
Takeaway: 2 stars (good). Flores is welcoming, friendly, attractive, and at times quite delicious. I'm hoping the chefs branch out a little over the coming months and begin to offer food that feels a little less familiar (either that or a little more focused). But they're already doing the food of the moment very well.