#CarnivorrGoesForGold: Week Twelve
The #CarnivorrGoesForGold challenge continues with a recap of my visits to Irenia, Baroo, n/naka, Valentino, Asanebo, Melisse, and The Tasting Kitchen. Stay tuned as I eat at all of Jonathan Gold's Best 101 LA restaurants in 101 days!
74. Irenia (#90 on the #JGOLD101)
What I ate: delicious "purple drank" cocktail with ube, coconut rum, pineapple; arroz caldo - rice porridge, garlic, chicken skin, chile oil, scallion, ginger; kare kare - cauliflower, peanut curry sauce; dinuguan - pork shoulder, pork blood sauce (MY FAVE!); pork belly adobo - jus, mung beans, mustard, turnip, onion; bibingka - coconut rice cake; UBE BROWN SUGAR PIE - custardy heaven!!! One of the best desserts I've ever had.
Watch my full review of Irenia here!
75. Baroo (#40 on the #JGOLD101)
Click here to see my full review of the tasting menu at n/naka.
77. Valentino (#94 on the #JGOLD101)
So glad I got to experience Valentino, the Michelin-starred Italian restaurant from Piero Selvaggio. This gorgeous Santa Monica spot has so much history - so many famous LA chefs got their start here. Caitlin (@befatbehappy) and I felt absolutely spoiled at our five hour dinner. They gave us a tour of the wine cellar and the kitchen tour, where we saw them making their incredible homemade pasta.
What I ate: parmesan; octopus; prosciutto ravioli; pesto pasta; veal ossobucco; apple tart; cannoli.
Watch my full review of Valentino here!
78. Asanebo (#66 on the #JGOLD101)
What I ate: salad with scallop & truffles; sweet tomato stuffed with crab, drizzled with grapeseed oil; halibut with fresh truffle; kanpachi with yuzu, sesame miso, serrano pepper.
Watch my full review of Asanebo here!
79. Melisse (#38 on the #JGOLD101)
Click here to see my full review of the tasting menu at Melisse.
80. The Tasting Kitchen (#48 on the #JGOLD101)
I'd been to The Tasting Kitchen before for dinner, so I went for brunch this time to try some other menu items!
What I ate: cheddar herb biscuit; brown sugar coffee cake; french toast; roasted grapefruit; short rib hash with baked egg & gremolata; burger - caramelized onion, bacon, gruyere, egg, fries.
Watch my full review of The Tasting Kitchen here!
...80 DOWN, 21 TO GO!
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