Bashan, Heir to Bistro Verdu

Bashan is a worthy successor to Bistro Verdu, say those who were among the first to try it. It’s still a small, cozy bistro but with dishes that compare to Lucques and Spago.

The menu is brief but well executed. Definitely get the heirloom tomato and burrata appetizer, advises Griller141. It’s bursting with tomato essence, and the glass of tomato water alongside is delicately flavored, like a fine cocktail.

Veal sweetbreads are deliciously rich, set off by parsley, capers, sun-dried tomato, and pepper relish.

And don’t pass up the ravioli filled with delicate, sweet corn; they win raves from tatertotsrock.

Halibut, with glazed beets and shredded fennel, is fresh and full-flavored; John Dory with Mexican shrimp and bacon is a winner.

You might think steak is too boring a choice, but it’s not. It’s deconstructed and laid out on a Maui onion purée.

Desserts are decent but not quite as exciting as the rest of the menu—panna cotta is one of the better bets.

The main issues seem to be the amount you get for the price—three corn ravioli cost $12, for example—and service when the place is busy.

Bashan [Eastside]
3459 N. Verdugo Road, Glendale
818-541-1532

Board Links: Bashan (Glendale) Guide
Canelé: Good food, shame about the service…

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