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Preview of DineLA/Restaurant Week

Yesterday was the official start of DineLA/Restaurant Week in Los Angeles and so begins 2 weeks of Prix-fixing and planning!

Every year I enjoy the search for a place I’ve never been and for a price value that makes January 20th-January 31st the ideal time to go. Lucques for example offers a $50 prix-fixe dinner which appears to be a good value but is actually more than they charge every Sunday for the famed “Sunday-Supper” Prix-fixe.

This year I got an opportunity to preview a dinner at Acabar which I must admit is usually a place I think of for drinks before dining. Chef Kevin Luzande is on a mission to change that, and there’s no better time than DineLA!

Three-Course Menu

Choice of Appetizer

Shades of Winter Salad with parsnip & cashew puree, cauliflower couscous & goat cheese

Shades of Winter Salad

Kanpachi Crudo with olive dust and salmon roe

Kanpachi Crudo

Beef Carpaccio with bone marrow, black truffle arancini, crispy pulled beef, and horseradish 

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Choice of Entree

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with hen of the woods mushroom and brown butter

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Seared Scallops with roasted chestnuts and bok choy

Scallops

Braised Short Rib with smoked oyster cream and smoked grapes 

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Dessert

Choice of Coconut Coulant, Parsnip Split, and Gimmie S’More

gimmie smore

How you can tell a chef is absolutely invested in every diner…when you’re served a Gimmie S’More directly from his hands because he catches you slipping out of the dinner early 🙂 Just one of the many wonderful moments on my savory journey at Acabar and my top choice for a $40 DineLA dinner that will have you rethinking this Arabian palace as just an after-dinner spot.

Acabar

 

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