Happy 2020, everybody! Thank you for earning Gastronomy a component of your world-wide-web surfing program. I dined out considerably far more frequently than I blogged in 2019, so I nevertheless have a handful of extra meals to recount prior to diving into the new 12 months. Now up is Bon Temps, my favorite Los Angeles cafe expertise in 2019.
Chef Lincoln Carson is building impressive food stuff at Bon Temps, his newish and French-ish restaurant in the Arts District. From commence to complete, each and every one dish dazzled and delighted with the kind of polish that can only be honed around time and tenure.
There had been cocktails to get started for me and my eating companion Thien. For her, a “3rd & Revolucion” with tequila reposado, aperitivo, lemon, pineapple, and spice ($15). And for me, predictably, a cognac Aged Fashioned with grand Champagne cognac, maraschino, absinthe, and bitters ($14).
Initial to get there was a complimentary fougasse, a crisp and prosperous loaf with preserved lemons and leeks.
The fragile tartlets that adopted arrived filled with luscious sea urchin cream and prettied with caviar ($24), alongside with chunk-sized hen liver puffs with a cherry gastrique and chicken craquelin ($10).
Thien caught sight of a different table’s heirloom tomatoes ($18) and insisted we order them also. The accompanying plums, black olives, and pine nuts rounded out the new and ahead flavors.
A person of the most unforgettable programs of the night, as well as one particular of my most loved dishes of the year, was the Acquerello risotto with sea lettuce and caviar. Just about every grain seemingly melded into alone, making the most luxurious creamy spoonfuls of ocean-kissed porridge ($32).
Also fantastic was the Dungeness crab with discomfort die mie, avocado, and mustard beurre blanc ($25). I cherished how this dish was at the same time abundant nonetheless light by some means, perfectly balanced from prime to bottom, basically.
The Maine scallops arrived with a handful of standout thrives, which includes Early Girl tomatoes, hazelnuts, and greatest of all, supple squid rings and tentacles ($33).
Served on the aspect was a adhere-to-your-bones encouraging of French grits ($12) heaped with beech mushrooms and a burnt onion syrup.
For dessert: the tremendous St. Honore with pecan mousseline, chantilly, and caramel ($23).
While Chef Carson is greatest acknowledged for his way about pastries and desserts, it is very clear from dining at Bon Temps that savories are a potent accommodate much too. Each individual training course was a feast for the eyes, as perfectly as the palate, creating a food at Bon Temps deeply pleasurable.
712 South Santa Fe Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90021
One calendar year back: Slacker.
Two decades ago: swoon Escargots at Chez Fonfon
A few years in the past: YakiYan – Los Angeles (Hacienda Heights)
4 years in the past: Ivan Ramen – New York City
Five years in the past: The Year in Tasty: Leading 10 Sweets of 2014
6 decades ago: Portland Odds & Sods: Pine State Biscuits, Olympic Provisions, Le Pigeon, Nuvrei, Tasty n Alder
Seven several years in the past: Vietnamese Rooster Curry Pot Pie
8 a long time ago: Bún Riêu Cua – Vietnamese Crab and Tomato Soup
Nine a long time ago: Oyster Bar – Las Vegas (Palace Station)
Ten several years in the past: Frank Stitt’s Creamy Grits
Eleven many years ago: Bánh Mì & Chè Cali – San Gabriel
Twelve several years ago: Zenbu – La Jolla
Thirteen several years ago: Cunetto Property of Pasta – St. Louis