Thanks to tips on this board (I guess there was a Times review too) my husband and I decided to eat at Bashan last evening before a performance at A Noise Within in Glendale. We only had about an hour to eat, between 6:30 and 7:30, but they did a great job, got us appetizers, dinner and dessert plus coffee. Service was great. Place was not busy until we left when just about every table was taken.
Oh, the food. Delicious, rich, creamy butternut squash soup with caramelized onions, served at the perfect temperature (hot, but not scorching). Another appetizer of a soft pillow of burrata enfolded in a thin slice of bresaola (air-dried beef) with a tiny salad of julienned Belgian endive, dates and pistachio nuts. The burrata was fabulous, impeccably fresh and creamy, and the little salad went with it perfectly. I had the sweetbreads appetizer as my dinner, which was small but satisfying, and my husband had the duck breast entree, which consisted of three thick slices of duck breast with a little ragout of haricots vert and other vegetables. His duck breast was simply incredible, the best duck breast I've ever tasted, a bit smoky, juicy, with superb flavor. Then we split the Gala apple tart with vanilla ice cream, which was very good. The press coffee was excellent. And just nice to have press coffee for a change and not the typical espresso thing. The bill for the two of us, with one glass of $10 pinot noir, was about $120.
Aside from the superb quality of the food, it was also nice to be served a modest portion. I left feeling satisfied but not stuffed. I think big eaters might find the portions a bit mingy, so if you like complete plate coverage you might not be happy here.
If I lived closer I would so totally adopt this place. I can't wait to come back and try more things. Oh, and visit the interesting-looking wine shop next door, Rosso.
3459 N. Verdugo Rd.