Forget the fact you have to park in an auto repair shop across a busy stretch of Glenoaks Boulevard. Ignore that this hard-to-find eatery is next to a hectic multipump gas station. Overlook the limitation that it's only open at night. Just get yourself to Commonwealth, an outstanding little restaurant recently opened in Burbank.
Commonwealth is the brainchild of co-owners Ryotaro Isobe and Peter Park. They used to run a similarly themed restaurant on the Westside but recently brought their efforts to our valley. Loyal customers have followed them and newbies have discovered them so getting a table at the diminutive restaurant might be a challenge. The reason is simple. Isobe and Park's aesthetic is clean, modern and thrilling.
Hesitant to come here at first due to my unreasonable bias against small plates (little plates equals big bill plus empty belly), I discovered I actually prefer this style of eating. Commonwealth reminds me of two of my favorite restaurants, Altaeats and Racion, which also happen to serve "plates to share." The difference here is Commonwealth's interest in global, not regional, flavors.