The past two weeks have been entirely too busy to cook anything exciting, or anything at all for that matter. Luckily, Dine LA 2012-Restaurant Week(s) was up and running last week. Mike, Elana, and I went to Tavern, located in Brentwood on San Vicente and Darlington.
The chef/owner of Tavern is Suzanne Goin. She is also the chef/owner of AOC and Lucques, which Mike and I have also visited. After the complete and utter deliciousness (remember the plate licking incident) of those two, we were bound and determined to visit the last of the trio this time around.
Tavern didn’t disappoint. It is a beautiful space. However, taking a picture of it at night is nearly impossible. Here are some taken during the day.
Photos from “aackstudio
When entering, you walk through the “Larder” where they serve lunch and take out. We “ooo”ed and “awww”ed as we headed to the dining room which is also very pretty.
As I’ve mentioned before, during Dine LA, participating restaurants set a prix fixe menu and for a price the menu includes a choice of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. We weren’t very adventurous with our first two choices. Again, the photos aren’t great; either dark or blown out.
The three of us had arugula with Asian pears, roasted grapes, walnuts and St. Agur blue for our first course.
Then we ordered boeuf bourguignon with potato purée, bacon and wild mushrooms. All the food we’ve had at Chef Goin’s restaurants are served very rustically, not modern and sleek. I think that’s what we like best about it. She’s a genius at putting together flavors that work so well together. This dish was amazing, and the short ribs melted in our mouths.
We branched out a bit for dessert. Elana and I ordered a ‘smores chocolate sundae with chocolate sorbet, toasted marshmallow, graham cracker, and caramel popcorn. I know right?!?! The graham crackers were homemade.
Where as Mike ordered the cookies and milk plate. If I remember correctly, there was a chocolate chip, chocolate/Portuguese sea salt, pistachio, lemon, and a butter cookie. Mike loves his cookies, but he did share. They were fresh and crisp.
Even though it was a school night and the reservation time was past my work bedtime, we had such a nice evening - the best I had eaten in two weeks. It was great while it lasted…The clock turned
midnight 9:00 though, and Cinderella had to go back to working late and eating popcorn for dinner.