Branding itself as the chic and masculine counterpart to the historic, romantic Kendall’s Brasserie, The Boardroom LA is the new hip speakeasy Downtown. With artistic drinks, french-inspired cuisine, and live jazz music, this spot is oozing with class, creativity and a vintage ambiance. Whether grabbing a drink with a co-worker or having a casual but romantic date night, The Boardroom offers a swanky drinking experience for those in-the-know.
We had to try the "William Faulkner" (pictured on the left), which is The Boardroom’s creative take on a classic old-fashioned. It was also one of the more popular drinks of the night, although the "Frida Kahlo" came in at a close second. A concoction of Coconut washed Four Roses Bourbon, demerara sugar, orange peel, and toasted pecan bitters, the drink had a smoky, masculine taste with a hint of citrus. For those who prefer sips of the virgin variety, the staff can whip up a refreshing drink like the one pictured on the right: a bubbly lemonade with a hint of lavender.
The Feed-Your-Face menu was well, feed-my-face-amazing! The “Real French Dip” (on the left) consists of carved rare-roasted beef, au jus, horseradish, pickled beets, all on a classic French roll. Typically, I am not a huge fan of rare meat (I usually don’t like to go beyond medium-rare), but this rare-roasted beef was something else; it bursted with flavor and was very tender and moist. The Beef Bourguignon "Sloppy Jo” was also savory and scrumptious, with red wine braised beef short-rib and mushrooms on puffy brioche bread. I'm pretty sure this is what we millennials like to call “on point.” A twist on the classic sloppy jo, but not so sloppy.
The “Sexy Little Tastes” Menu was filled with French inspiration and more adventurous bites. Admittedly, this was my first time trying escargot; but I’ve got to say, although mentally it was a bit intimidating at first, it ended up not being so bad after all. The escargot shooter had a buttery garlic herb glaze on the inside and was baked in a small puff pastry engulfed in a shot glass. A spoon was (conveniently) placed inside the shooter, of course, to scrape off all of the buttery and savory goodness!
Another favorite were the Uni Deviled Eggs. Need I say more? The fresh, briny taste of the Uni was a unique but delightful topper onto the creamy moussed deviled eggs. It was rich but not over the top, and its unique combination made it a truly memorable dish.
Four words for you: Duck fat fried potatoes. I mean, fries are already my weakness, but fried in duck fat and then topped with savory melt-in-your-mouth oxtail with cheese and a drizzle of crème fraiche? A fries-lover's wish granted. The fries were addicting and well, we couldn’t stop ourselves as our forks constantly reached for more. The plate consisted of different textures and flavors, but they balanced each other well and was definitely a fan favorite.
After all the savory bites, we ended with the classic French Macarons. The cookie shells were baked just right leaving a slightly chewy, but soft texture inside with every bite. The filling was not too sweet and were rich with zesty lemon and chocolatey flavor.
Overall, my experience at the Boardroom was great. The drink menu started the party, while creative bites carried me through the night and the live jazz music tied it all in and brought us to a relaxing ending as we enjoyed our night in the 1920’s. Cheers and Bon Appetit!