Had not been to Blairs for many months and so a friend and I decided to splurge and see what is new, or not.
Got there for a 7p.m. reservation, had table waiting, and the staff was almost identical to the one on my last visit, always a good sign of their making money and knowing how to get the job done, which our server Andra and the backup crew did very well.
Started with the frisee/field greens salad($8)with medjool dates, clementines and Barcelona hazelnuts in a viniagrette which provided a very tasty and surprising first course. Had a delicious glass of an 03 Boncaillou dry Rose($9), which was a perfect marriage.
Companion had the roasted beet, goat cheese and and arugula salad($7) with beet viniagrette which was a repeat for him, yet one he will always order there. His wine tastes run to the sweet and very limited quantity side, so he opted for a glass of the Aquinas Chard($9), which held him for the night. Was nice, yet not my thing.
My main was the short ribs, which I have had before, but this time they were paired with flageolet beans, veal jus and breaded leeks at $26, the most expensive item on the menu. Truly sublime. Might have wished for a slightly larger portion of ribs, yet as it turned out, was just fine. It was paired with a glass of 03 Branham Zin($10), which was another very good match. He had the braised radicchio, gorgonzola and gala apple risotto, which at $15 was a lot of food, but as he said, was soooo good, and it was. I cannot eat a whole entree of it, yet would have love it to share 3-4 ways as a side.
Now desserts: He had the vanilla ice cream and root beer sorbet($8)in a tall glass, a la root beer float, with cookies on the side, which he said were made there. Truly tasty. Prompted a nearby table to order it also. I had the Peach Napoleon($9) which was decadent, which also prompted a nearby table to remember to order it when the time came. Several other desserts were also very enticing, even to me who does not eat chocolate and eschews most desserts in general. Bad place for a sweettooth!
In all, $109 plus tip for a truly wonderful dinner, which was more food than I might typically eat, yet I would not have traded anything from either side of the table for anything else.
True justification to return for sure. 2903 Rowena in Silver Lake. 323.660.1882