By now, you've probably heard about Sprout's takeover of The Rose Café in Venice, leading to (what we can only assume to be) a multi-million dollar overhaul, redesign, and build out. Since re-opening in November, The Rose has been only serving brunch and lunch in its huge, beautiful space. However, as of just a few weeks ago, The Rose has officially launched it's dinner service, and it. is. good. Click through for the full review, and to see all the delicious dishes we ordered!Read More
If LA is known for any one cuisine, it's probably Mexican food, so us Angelenos have certain expectations when experiencing Latin flavors. But Broken Spanish, a new concept from Ray Garcia and restauranteur Golden Boy Bill Chait (the man behind seemingly every big hit, like Republique and Bestia), turns those expectations on their head. Promising pan-Latin cuisine that they describe as "authentically inauthentic," Broken Spanish serves old school soul flavors with modern, new-wave ingredients for a dining experience that is entirely unique. Keep scrolling to check out all our favorite dishes, and our final words.
For our drinks, we started with The Surfer Rosa and The Patron Saint. The Surfer Rosa was a take on a Pimm's Cup, with a great mix of citrus-y and floral elements. The Patron Saint was also great, with a good mix of classic and modern flavors. Both fantastic cocktails to start out with.
Our first dish was the Rebanda, which was a pan dulce with foie gras butter, and this couldn't have been a better first dish. The bread was soft and fluffy, and the foie gras butter was as decadent and delicious as it sounds. Each bite just melts in the mouth; though the dish wasn't particularly Latin, we loved it.
Next, we got the Tacos de Jamaica, which are a great option for vegetarians (or anyone, really). With hibiscus flowers, quesillo, and avocado, the meat wasn't really missed. They surprisingly packed a spicy punch, but that was tempered by the cream avocado and cheese.
Next up were the oxtail quesadillas, which were delicious. They were decadent and meaty, and perfectly made. Loved the corn tortillas, and the addition of the plantain.
The esquites were another really nice addition to the meal. Essentially corn with spices and cheese, they were creamy yet spicy. Great little dish.
The lamb neck tamales are definitely a Broken Spanish essential. They perfectly illustrate the meeting point of their classic Latin flavors and modern, new-wave ingredients. The texture of the tamale was really spot on-- not too soft. And the lamb neck was so tender and delicious. Another huge hit.
So this dish may look a bit odd, and that's because it was served in a bag. It wasn't the most appetizing presentation on the planet, but it was really good. I don't generally order rabbit, but this was a really interesting, flavorful preparation. The cherry tomatoes were a really nice, sweet addition to this. They also served us some heirloom corn tortillas, which were a great way to wrap up the rabbit.
Overall, the experience was incredible. We loved the food, and the service was fantastic. We would go back in a heartbeat, and expect that Broken Spanish will soon be HOT. Our word of advice: book now before everyone else.
You've probably all heard the hype around Bestia. It's undoubtedly one of the most talked about and hyped restaurants of the moment. Nestled in an industrial building in Downtown's Art District, Bestia's interior has that raw, urban look that's incredibly popular at the moment. But don't think that Bestia is all scene, and no substance. It's definitely a destination, and the packed tables indicate that people are willing to trek from all over LA to taste it's incredible food. A venture by restauranteur Bill Chait, Angelini Osteria's Ori Menashe is serving thoughtful Italian food that focuses on high quality ingredients by California farmers. Definitely make a reservation-- you won't be able to get in without one!
Though the antipasti menu is full of such sumptuous choices as Butter Poached Lobster and Roasted Bone Marrow, we decided to start out light with Genevieve's Little Gems salad. And though it may be just a salad, it sure was a delicious one. The lettuce, herbs, radish, and shallots all tasted incredibly fresh, while the salad was perfectly dressed with a light, sweet, and tangy dressing. Simple, but lovely start to the meal.
The Foie Gras Terrine was a new addition to the menu, and we're so glad we got there in time to try it. The Foie Gras was fatty and delicious, while the brioche just melts in the mouth. The little strawberries were a nice sweet addition to round out the dish.
The warm octopus and calamari salad was a really nice dish. The octopus and calamari were both cooked perfectly: tender, flavorful, and juicy. The lightly dressed arugula, fennel, and chili lemon vinaigrette paired nicely with the octopus, and the warm and cold elements were really nice.
The cavatelli is one of those dishes that just inspires major foodgasms. Ricotto dumplings were really delicious, and had a nice chew to them. The housemade pork sausage was insane-- tender and perfectly seasoned. The little bit of black truffles added that umami element that made this dish feel like a real guilty treat. One of the best moments of the night!
The pizza was sooo goood. Again, the pork sausage was wonderful. The crust and dough were perfectly cooked, and the ricotta and honey added a nice sweetness to the pizza. This is not your typical pizza, but it's delicious nonetheless.
The chocolate budino tart was another mouthgasm. The chocolate filling was incredibly creamy and rich, while the salted caramel, sea salt, and olive oil gave this dessert the perfect combination of sweet and saltiness. Until I can come back for more, I will continue to have dreams about this dessert.
Overall, the experience was fantastic. The food lived up to all the hype, and the fresh, high-quality ingredients were evident in every bite. The service was also fantastic, and the big, beautiful environment definitely helped make this an unforgettable experience. Hopefully, we'll be back...once we can luck into getting another reservation!
For some reason, people don't usually think of Wilshire Blvd as a restaurant haven. But in the last year or two, the boulevard has become lined with some of the best eateries in Los Angeles.Read More