It's the most wonderful time of the year! OK, I know...wrong holiday. But Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite day of the year; the turkey, the stuffing, those cranberries. I mean, what's better than a giant feast with a bunch of food you never really eat the rest of the year? Oh right, and there's also the whole bit about getting together with family and friends, blah blah blah. Kidding! And while your friends are in town, why not show them just how fancy and important you are by having a lovely, sophisticated happy hour at Petrossian. Though the West Hollywood caviar specialist is hardly the new kid on the block, I recently visited the go-to fine dining spot for the first time for a little rosé and roe tasting, and it did not disappoint.
Though Petrossian's lovely happy hour menu includes favorites like Caviar Deviled Eggs and Uni & Burrata Crostini, admittedly we did stray a bit from the happy hour menu, ordering some dinner options as well. In addition to our lovely bottle of sparkling rosé, we started out with a little caviar tasting, which included 5 small spoonfuls of luxe caviar on mother of pearl spoons. Aside from the beautiful presentation, the little bites of caviar were all delicious. Our server did an excellent job of explaining the differences between each one, all of which I promptly forgot as I scarfed it down. The differences were certainly subtle, with some varietals boasting more brine or more of a smooth, creamy finish. Unsurprisingly, there wasn't a bad bite in the bunch, and it was a fun amuse bouche to start out the meal.
Next, we sampled even more caviar, this time on buckwheat blinis. The blinis provided a nice, fluffy, but solid vessel for the caviar, making this a light and refreshing starter.
Another fun offering is their Smoked Fish Platter, with different preparations of salmon and other smoked fish. It's actually quite a lot of food, and all of the smoked fish was really good, especially when paired with the toast and creme fraiche. I would definitely recommend getting the platter if you're with a group.
One of the most luxe dishes of the meal, the Caviar Scrambled Eggs was pretty much as rich and beautiful as you could imagine. These were no breakfast buffet scrambled eggs, but rather a creamy and more liquid version than what you may be used to. They were topped with a healthy dollop of caviar, and when spooned onto toast, was decadent and lush. The rich scrambled eggs were balanced nicely by the fishy, briney caviar, and the toast provided a nice crunchy texture. Definitely a must-have dish!
As we felt we hadn't had enough rich food yet, we finished off the savory part of the meal with the Uni Lobster Pasta, an explosion of rich flavors layered on squid ink pasta. The pasta was well cooked, and I really enjoyed the tarragon as a counterpoint to the decadent uni and lobster. It was definitely a really enjoyable pasta dish, and the perfect way to finish off this luxe meal.
Finally, for dessert we enjoyed the Dark Chocolate Ganache, which was like a creamy chocolate bar with some crunchy chocolate on top. Orange zest brought a nice brightness to the dessert, which was rich, chocolatey, and very good.
As my first visit to Petrossian was definitely a memorable one; it was easily one of the most luxurious and sophisticated meals I've had in awhile. It may not be your average night-out option, but undoubtedly a wonderful, fun experience when you want to do something sophisticated and unique. Additionally, it's one of those experiences that would make for both a romantic date night and a fun girls night out!