My mother-in-law caught a cold when she was in LA but we still went out, MIL-style!
We had the Wednesday night tasting menu at the bar at Campanile. Mark Peel shops at the SM farmer's market in the morning and then plans the evening's meal.
Soft Cooked Double-Yolked Egg with black truffles (this was the reason we came, for god's sake what could be better than a double yolked egg, unfortunately ours was hard cooked by the time we got them, we sent them back which we do very, very rarely in restaurants. Our second go involved eggs that were still more cooked than we would have preferred but delicious nonetheless. HUGE eggs.)
Sautéed Ravioli stuffed with artichokes & ricotta in a nettle sauce- (delicate pasta bathed in complex nettle butter sauce, nettles have such an interesting sour-ish flavor that I love)
Whole Steamed Cauliflower with anchovy butter (amusing - in fact, a whole steamed cauliflower from a special grower at farmer's with both an intense yellow color and an intensely cauliflower taste, I want to find this vendor, I like a chef who both highlights a perfect vegetable and will take risks like this.)
Monkfish Braised in Red Wine with bacon, pearl onions and mushrooms (sort of monkfish au vin, larger portion than we could manage, nicely cooked fish is always better with bacon!)
Oro Blanco Granita with vodka (Amazing! Brilliant!- intense flavor, lovely un-gritty texture)
Panna cotta & Pan Forte with roasted walnuts & saba (terrific-silky panna cotta, pan forte of compressed fruit and nuts, and freshly roasted walnuts)
$65 per person
I want to like the newly renovated space but I can't say I do. The one dinner we had was overpriced and slow and the steak was quite expensive and clearly not a great grade. I had a salad that was pleasant but unforgettable. Waitress a little huffy when I only ordered a salad.
At lunch, my favorite brown rice dish was distinctly lacking. They did not add the extra jalapeno I requested and they were out decent hot sauce.
Mr. JudiAU's "cuban pressed sandwich" had good quality ingredients but it was constructed like a hoagie which ruined the effect. Too much cheese, meat too thick to be able to bite through, no pickle, etc. all made Mr. JudiAU grumpy.
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