Hats off to Guy Starkman and Darren Dzienciol for bringing us The Sherbourne, a rustic restaurant under an open sky with great ambience, wonderful service and even better food. Whimsically creative amuse bouches are sent out, compliments of chef Keven Lee, who wants to make sure diners have an unforgettable experience. It's no wonder the place is bustling with people despite the rainy night. Tables are poised under a single ficus tree in the moonlight while Edison bulbs dangle from reclaimed wood, and saber-tooth tiger skulls snarl as they emit the faintest, eeriest glow. The space feels like the back patio at Dominicks or Eveleigh, only edgier.
The first thing to do amid all of this sexiness is order a drink. The Town and Country will appeal to all of you men out there who drink bourbon, and don't let the pretentious name mislead you. Even if it reminds you of a Nancy Meyers movie, it's a guy's fantasy explosion of bacon bits and mint shrapnel.
Ladies, the Carrot Carpaccio comes in that swanky martini glass that you love to wave around and spill just a bit, giggling that your mother would be proud to see you drinking your vegetables.
Cue the "Spud Mixologist" with his cart of whipped potatoes and fanciful toppings. Sweet potato mash with Oreo cookie crumbles, brown sugar and maple syrup. Yukon golds with sour cream, bacon and garlic. Purple Peruvian with scallions, dried sage, shaved truffle and truffle oil. You get to try them all, in lieu of a bread basket, potatoes galore!
For starters, we tried the onion funnel cake with blue cheese fondue. This one was sweet and savory with a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar. And it became increasingly impossible for me to poo poo it as a classless, white trash version of french beignets once I discovered its purpose. All this time, I never knew, it was meant to be dipped in a blue cheese fondue!
For some much needed omega-3 protein we ordered the striped sea bass. The crunchy onion strings and the creamy, truffle beurre blanc brought a nice earthiness to the fish. If you brought your appetite with you, I wouldn't shy away from trying the Sherbourne Burger, with a horseradish chedder and pork belly on top. Or the Bite Burger with tomato marmalade and foie gras. In fact, click here to see the menu for more tantalizing options...
I also ordered the Bolognese because Starkman was eating it and I knew the rich smell of it would haunt my dreams forever if I didn't. This wasn't your typical bowl of spaghetti bolognese, though. Chef Lee used a traditional sauce of veal and beef and pork, but he used fresh, lemon herb pasta to add a lighter note to the dish. If you look closely, you can tell the pasta is a greenish yellow color. I liked this zesty twist of flavor, it added a subtle layer of depth to this classic bowl of goodness.
The Sherbourne has only been open for a month, but it already feels like it belongs. This no-frills joint is nestled like a bird's nest behind Jerri's Famous Deli, and since we Angeleno's are birds of a feather, I'm sure I'll be seeing my fellow foodies flocking here in no time.
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