Restaurant: Rustic Canyon [1, 2, 3, 4]
Location: 1119 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, Ca 90401. 310-393-7050
Date: Aug 25, 2010
Cuisine: Farmer’s Market Californian
Having lived for 16 years in LA I’ve watched the evolution of California Cuisine. When I first came here we were still in the fading years of the 80s eclectic, typified by places like Spago or 90s fusion like Matsuhisa or the much missed Abiquiu. Today, it’s all about being ingredient driven, and Rustic Canyon is one of our many fine examples of this trend.
Burrata with peaches. You can pretty much never go wrong with Burrata or Fresh peaches.
An heirloom tomato (this very buzz word a legacy of the trend), cucumber, yogurt, goat cheese salad.
Tonight’s pick from my cellar. I love my burgs. RP gives it 93, “The dark colored 1997 Latricieres-Chambertin has profound prune, plum, and licorice flavors. This satin-textured, explosive, deep, masculine wine is tannic, structured, and powerful. Blackberry juice, mint, and plums can be found throughout its deep flavor profile and opulently flavored, persistent finish. It will require cellaring patience yet has the potential for mid- to long-term aging. Projected maturity: 2003-2012+.”
Sweet corn soup, with Pistou. This dish had an unctuous foamy texture, and brought out the very best in sweet corn flavor.
A trio of crustini. Each with very interesting (and delicious) flavor profiles. Tomatos and basil, new style. Anchovies (not the over salted sort) and a sweetish tapanade, crisp goat cheese and olives.
Homemade Gnocchi, with fresh Genoese pesto. This brought out the lovely brightness of the basil.
Sweet corn (again :-)) Agnolotti. Yum. Fresh pasta, which you never saw 10 years ago.
Cinnamon beignets with a foamy chocolate cappachino sauce. This is really a variant of the traditional Spanish churro with chocolate. And that’s not a bad thing because both are delicious! These were hot hot out of the frier.