Tasting Kitchen, Los Angeles

We had dinner at the Tasting Kitchen this past week in Los Angeles.  You could either do a 3 course or 5 course because we were over 10 people.  Figuring 3 was plenty as the week of Thanksgiving tends to be an overload of food. 

Middletable

We sat upstairs in a loft area that overlooks to below.  Big glass window on to the street with a large table in the middle set up for wine and serving.  The wood, the modern vibe is very of the moment. 

Cookbooks at tastingkitchen

I particularly love that an entire wall is devoted to cookbooks. 

Bread

The bread comes out piping hot.  You can see the steam when they put the bread down.  So good.  Crispy crust and a soft airy middle with butter on the side.  What could be bad?

Oysters

Oysters were just an added bonus to our meal.  We all love oysters and these were worth indulging in.

Fries

When the fries came out we all grabbed one.  Salty, crispy and piping hot. 

Clams

A broth of clams and chorizo.  Really tasty, spicy and the perfect spot to dip the bread and fries.

Salad

Simple layer of greens with a rich dill blue cheese dressing

Charcuterie

Always a fan of the charcuterie plate.  Not sure where they sourced their meat but the prosciutto was off the charts.

Porkpasta

Pasta is one of the special here.  This was a veal based sauce with chunks of meat.  A little garlicky for my taste but rich and tasty.

Pastaseafood
Super spicy seafood sauce that was cream based on linguine. I really liked this.  LIttle piece of seafood throughout.

Fish

Roasted whole fish.  Might have been some butter on this one.  The meat was perfectly cooked and full of flavor.  I like how they pulled the skin off and topped it with a melange of mushrooms. 

Steak

Rare pieces of steak coated with a balsamic glaze.  Nice.

Dessert

This was a killer plate of sweets.  I am a sucker for bread pudding.  Maple glazed like a honey bun and then made into a bread pudding.  Woah.

Not exactly a light meal before Thanksgiving day but a little bite of everything did go a long way.  Oh, the red wine was a Sagratino de Montefalco.  One of my favorite red wines.  Will return to the Tasting Kitchen when I return to LA.