#CarnivorrGoesForGold: Week Nine

The #CarnivorrGoesForGold challenge continues with a recap of my visits to Le Comptoir, Gjusta, Night + Market Song, Cassia, Park's BBQ, Shibumi, and Manhattan Beach Post. Stay tuned as I eat at all of Jonathan Gold's Best 101 LA restaurants in 101 days!

53. Le Comptoir (#56 on the #JGOLD101)

I headed to Le Comptoir in Koreatown for my mom’s birthday for a very special tasting menu. It's basically a one-man show for Chef Gary Menes, just him and his apprentice behind a counter with only ten seats - the most intimate restaurant I've experienced. The tasting menu is vegetable focused, with lots of the produce coming from Chef Gary's garden in Long Beach.

What I ate: kale chips with aioli (!!), purple asparagus soup with sheep milk yogurt + breadcrumbs, “vegetable and fruit plate,” poached egg with garden greens + sourdough spelt bread, artichoke heart with melted tomatoes + confit garlic, beans + pear + red wine sauce, squash + mushrooms, potatoes & onions from the garden, grass fed beef with cabbage + fried glen wheat berries, a donut hole (made from a 21 year old sourdough starter, with preserves, chantilly, and chocolate), and the best coffee I've ever had

Watch my full review of Le Comptoir here!

54. Gjusta (#92 on the #JGOLD101)

Took my friend Jenny to the Venice Beach hotspot, Gjusta, for a delicious brunch!

What I ate: baklava croissant, breakfast sandwich (with collards, gruyere, bacon, hot sauce, on an English muffin), mushroom bowl (with brown rice, mushrooms, greens, fermented chili, fried egg), and a blackberry tart

Watch my full review of Gjusta here!

55. Night + Market Song (#23 on the #JGOLD101)

Night + Market Song is probably my favorite restaurant in Silver Lake. Such a fun spot with great Thai food!

What I ate: khao soi neua (curry noodles with braised hanger steak and tendon, and a very rich broth!), THE FRIED CHICKEN SANDWICH (with dark meat + papaya slaw), coconut sticky rice!!

Watch my full review of Night + Market Song here!

56. Cassia (#8 on the #JGOLD101)

Cassia is a gorgeous French/Vietnamese restaurant in Santa Monica with really interesting dishes!

What I ate: oysters, chopped escargot (sautéed with lemongrass, served on flaky tandoor bread), uni egg custard, steak frites with hanger steak + shallot butter + peppercorn sauce (fave!)

Watch my full review of Cassia here!

57. Park's BBQ (#57 on the #JGOLD101)

Park's BBQ in Koreatown is the opposite of a cheap, AYCE Korean BBQ spot. They serve prime & wagyu beef of incredible quality. Definitely the best KBBQ I've ever had.

What I ate: American wagyu ggot sal, noodles, bulgogi stew, bon chon

Watch my full review of Park's BBQ here!

58. Shibumi (#12 on the #JGOLD101)

Chef David Schlosser is the king of funky and fermented Japanese. Lots of really unique dishes at Shibumi, his restaurant in DTLA.

What I ate: steamed abalone with fresh mochi and ginger miso, rice with beef shin + tendon + pickled vegetables, grilled heritage pork with koji + pickled daikon + leek (my fave!), salmon with wild cherry bark, Japanese cheesecake with persimmon

Watch my full review of Shibumi here!

59. Manhattan Beach Post (#84 on the #JGOLD101)

Manhattan Beach Post is a rare example of a restaurant with a gorgeous beach location AND delicious food. David Lefevre is the chef behind one of my all-time favorite brunch spots.

What I ate: bread pudding with a brandy butterscotch drizzle, bacon cheddar scones, sausage with maple syrup and sage, corned beef hash with fried egg, scrambled eggs and avocado toast, spiced pumpkin griddle cake

Watch my full review of Manhattan Beach Post here!

...59 DOWN, 42 TO GO!

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