Sometimes you stumble onto a new restaurant, before all of the hype and the hoopla, for an experience that's new, and fun, and a total surprise. We actually discovered Terrine the old fashioned way-- by driving by it-- and after using modern research methods, decided we HAD to try it. A brand new restaurant, Terrine opened just a few weeks ago and is already bustling. The space is beautiful, with modern bistro decor on the inside and a sizeable patio out back (equipped with plenty of heaters and blankets for that frigid Los Angeles air). The menu features traditional French cuisine, modern small plates, and Italian-inspired bites.
We started out with the Assiette de Charcuterie. With its selection of liverwurst (our favorite of the tasting plate), chicken liver, pork rillettes, sausages, and pickled vegetables, it definitely lived up to the restaurant's namesake. Everything was delicious, down to the warm, fluffy bread that accompanied it.
Our second dish was the bone marrow appetizer, which was great. It was meaty and flavorful, but interestingly didn't have the same fatty texture as most bone marrow dishes.
We also ordered the squid ink pasta, which was a fantastic and modern take on an Italian pasta. The pasta was well cooked and packed plenty of flavor, while the addition of jalapeno gave the dish quite the quick--a very pleasant surprise.
Since we were still hungry, we ordered the tuna tartare crostini, which was a bright and light dish.
For dessert, we got the chocolate cremeaux, which was similar to a chocolate mousse, with almond and coconut milk cream, ice cream, and almond bits in the mousse. A delicious way to end the meal, this dessert was sweet, salty, creamy, and crunchy all at once.
The meal was a really fun surprise, and we would highly recommend it. But make reservations ASAP, before it fills up! We will definitely be back soon to try out even more wonderful food!