Thursday, October 18, 2012

Test Kitchen

0 comments
Los Angeles.  Why bother writing about a restaurant where the chefs and the prix-fixe, multi-course menu change every night; where the servers are barely trained, the foodrunners are still memorizing table numbers, and every night is opening night? Because Test Kitchen has food that sustains the circus; and the circus is the point.  Only in Los Angeles are there pop-up restaurants within pop-up restaurants within brick-walled restaurants in Skid Row.

Test Kitchen is a sort of a rotating who's-who in the L.A. culinary world: the chefs breeze in, take over the kitchen at whatever restaurant plays host (currently it's the soon-to-open Bestia, on the fringes of downtown), and cook the food they want to cook. You pay what they ask, and you eat what they give you, or you just don't participate in the whole event.

Whatever I ate won't be there on the night you choose to go (they have a blessedly easy reservation system on OpenTable... just book early), but the offerings by chefs Ori Menashe, Walter Manske and Neal Fraser were delicious, and if they're any indication of the talent booked at Test Kitchen 2012, y'all are in for a treat.

Charcuterie board
To start, house-made charcuterie, including a stunning rabbit porchetta and a "faux gras" mousse with Asian pear.  We suspected the "faux" gras was actually chicken liver mousse but it was nearly as rich as the real thing and just as decadent. 

Grilled Octopus with lentils
Next up: grilled octopus, deliciously charred, with warm lentils...then Mediterranean turbot with sunchoke puree (oh boy, oh boy do I love sunchokes) and black truffles... and finally: duck breast served with a confit-filled pastry, perfect little grapes, and a little dollop of what we guessed to be parsnips but was as addictive as chocolate. 

Turbot
We wrapped up the night with two desserts by two different pastry chefs (Genevieve Vergis and Mariah Swan) - an ultra-rich rice pudding with roast plums, and a teeny tiny bite of a s'more that was the perfect nightcap to the evening.

Rice pudding with plums
The downside to this "let's do it LIVE!" style of cooking?? The TIMING.  Dinner took nearly 4 hours.  We had a 45 minute wait between courses... twice.  And several tables around us sat down after and finished before our little table of four.  But a couple cocktails from master mixologist Julian Cox helped soothe the nerves, and frankly, the food was so good it was worth it.  The open kitchen was a perfect theater - more than once, harried food servers rushed off with hot plates, only to bring them back, tails between their legs, when they went to the wrong table.


What will be on the menu when YOU go?  No one knows until about a week in advance - but snag a table, get started with some drinks, settle down for a looong night, and enjoy the show.  Your tummy sure will.

Test Kitchen 2012 
2121 East 7th Place
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Leave a Reply

Editor's Pics! with Andrew Y.


Hungry? Well you're in the right place! Be it a coffee shop, metro, or simply warming your seat at work, satisfy your love of food with Andrew's photo-heavy, recipe creation & restaurant recommendation site, eatTALK: food for blog, for lovers of all things food! Still hungry? Join him @eatTALK on Instagram in his #eattalk pictorial path to tasty and in addition to his written posts on eatTALK.net! Read Articles by Andrew...

Simply Tasty! with Jason M.


Written by a witty personality who just has the short and sweet words to describe some of the must eats and favorite foods across Los Angeles, CA! Whether it's a thing that makes him go "Ooo", "Wow", "AMAZING" he has shared a few on eatTALK.net in his hilariously written food favoring point-of-view. Read Articles by Jason...

Girl on the Go! with Erin L.


This fiery foodie travels the world for a living but not always for luxury. Sure, it may have its moments, but the greatest trick is learning to balance actual meals into the day when leaving may be only seconds away! Read Articles by Erin on eatTALK.net or for her latest international adventures, check out her very own blog Food Under Fire!

Order Up!!

Welcome to eatTALK.net! Know of a pop-up restaurant? A great up-and-coming eatery? What about a food stand, cart, or truck? E-mail your recommendations, questions, or comments and it just may be featured on the site!

Take a look around and begin satisfying your appetite, cravings, and food interests as you read about great new, old, and simply favorite eats in national and international cities with some kitchen-inspired recipes along the way!

Now Serving!

Fresh on eatTALK: Bakeries

About eatTALK


eatTALK.net introduces you to visually interesting, flavor-enticing & aroma-seducing 'food for blog' at eateries across the country! From formal dining to food stands, a spectrum of eats will be covered in this growing list of restaurants and kitchen-inspired recipes! Whether you want to check out the most popularly read items, find a restaurant by cuisine or locale, or search the food archives, our website has it for you!

Stay tuned to "Order Up" for what's coming soon in food, recipes & events and "Now Serving" for what's already been eaten!

Andrew Y., Editor


Created by Andrew Y., eatTALK.net was the food-centered, fast-fix to a number of questions about his culinary adventures. Showcasing a smorgasbord of kitchen endeavors, delectable dines, and mouth-watering food photography, Andrew surely challenges the notion that 'food is JUST food.' Join him and his guests on eatTALK.net in a written and pictorial path to tasty!

Read More...

Meet My Prior Guest Writers!

.

Erin L., Guest Writer


This fiery foodie travels the world for a living but not always for luxury. Sure, it may have its moments, but the greatest trick is learning to balance actual meals into the day when leaving may be only seconds away! Read her posts on eatTALK.net or for her latest international adventures, check out her very own blog Food Under Fire!

Read More...

Jason M., Guest Writer


Written by a witty personality who just has the short and sweet words to describe some must eats and favorite foods across Los Angeles, CA! Whether it's a thing that makes him go "Ooo", "Wow", "AMAZING" he has shared a few posts with us on eatTALK.net in his hilarious written food-favoring point-of-view.

Read More...


Kristopher V., Guest Writer


Love your food? Well this writer certainly does! This food-loving writer has an opinion, and whether shared or not, it will get out! Food favorites in Southern California and statewide will be written, recorded, and introduced on eatTALK.net for those statewide travelers out there who want a few new places to add to their food toolkit. Get ready to surprise friends and family with some delicious eats!

Read More...

Get your eatTALK quenched by e-mail!

...delivering the freshest posts!

Editor's Pics on Instagram!! @eatTALK
 
eatTALK © 2011-2014 | FAQ | Contact
Use of this Site constitutes acceptance of its User Agreement and Privacy Policy.