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the whisper lounge tasting menu (long)

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the whisper lounge tasting menu (long)

victorward | May 7, 2006 09:42 PM

last night, a friend somehow convinced me to go the grove (on a saturday night, no less) and get some food at a place called the whisper lounge. the usual thoughts went through my head-a mall, bad name, surely pedestrian chow at best...i could not have been more wrong. here is what we ate and drank...

started with a nice nice martini in the sitting area-good pour, nice atmosphere-you immediately forget you are in a mall...

first: slow boiled potatoe hollowed and filled with poached lobster, dungeness crab, and caviar sitting in a citrus beure blanc paired with a california sparkling wine. very fresh and nice, perfect to start.

second: a summer salad with grilled halloumi in a riesling vinagrette paired with, of course, a very sweet german riesling (i forget all the wine names) this was also refreshing and really got the taste buds awake...

third: pan seared white salmon resting on grilled eggplant in a two sauces-green garlic puree and a ginger carrot reduction. beautiful...the skin was crispy and salty, the hint of garlic was perfect. this was paired with a very earthy california chardonney i would have normally not liked, but with the fish, it came alive...

fourth: transcendtal spinach tagliatelle in a murrell black truffle sauce. wow. i was stunned. so far we had gotten a good dose of med, but little on the south side-the italian flair was heaven. this came with our first red, i think, a pinot, but honestly, this dish was too good to notice anything else.

fifth: a panko encrusted lamb chop, fried lightly, in a mint yogurt-this was fantastic as well. a little spice in the dipping sauce-grabbed the bone and licked it dry. also with a pinot. i'm loaded at this point.

sixth: aged new york sirloin, slice, over mashers. also came with a serving of frite as an afterthough but they almost stole the show. three dipping sauces-ketchup, garlic aolio and lobster bernaise (a la jar)...this came with a big cab and was amazing.

seventh: homemade tiramisu and mint cake. i was told they do not have a pastry chef, but i never would have known...all were great, not the best ever, but we were so full/happy at this point, it mattered not.

i never saw it coming...it was one of the finest dining experiences i have had in la. all while people shopped and posed. the four of us all were bowled over and i know it is hard to believe, but you will be too...

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