If somehow the news escaped you, foie gras is legal again in California, and many chefs across the city and even all the way down in OC are welcoming the unctuous delicacy with open arms. After a scramble to get the hottest ingredient in town into their kitchens, restaurants are now serving up a variety of innovative preparations of foie. From cotton candy to cocktails (that's right, cocktails!), to fancy burgers and dogs, here now is a list of 18 places to celebrate the return of the foie gras, in no particular order.Read More
18 Places to Celebrate the Return of Foie Gras
Chefs around the city are rejoicing with some delicious dishes.
Chef Bruce Kalman pairs his lusciously rich seared foie gras with apple-celery salad, hazelnuts, and pickled huckleberries to not only achieve a balance of unctuous and bright flavors, but also to bring textural integrity to the supple foie.
Westwood’s fundamental LA serves its sautéed foie gras with cinnamon French toast, pickled cherries, graham crumble, and hazelnut dust. Like most of chef Philip Pretty’s dishes, along with being downright droolworthy, it is quite the visual treat.
The Royce Wood-Fired Steakhouse at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
Talk about luxury. The Royce, The Langham’s wood-fired steakhouse, is offering a special of Beef Rossini. The classic dish originated by Marie-Antoine Carême is composed of filet mignon decadently topped with a generous serving of sautéed foie gras and shaved Périgord truffle for $65. [Photo: Crystal Coser]
The Bazaar by José Andrés
Perhaps the most whimsical foie dish comes by way of Chef Jose Andres’ The Bazaar. The cotton candy foie gras is pretty much just that: foie gras wrapped with airy cotton candy, and was always a must-order before the ban.
This Westside barbeque joint’s Foie Daddy features seared foie gras on top of its signature, thinly sliced 12-hour smoked brisket on a buttered brioche roll. The cardiac arrest-inducing sandwich is only available at lunch starting Wednesday, January 21st at Chop Daddy's Venice and Culver City locations.
Chef Vartan Abgaryan’s Silver Lake staple Cliff’s Edge wraps foie gras in thin pastry to create a pastilla and pairs it with duck, salsify, preserved lemon, olive, and foie gras-duck jus. Enjoy your foie with a glass of wine on Cliff’s Edge’s stunning patio and call it a perfect evening.
It is only appropriate that one of the few remaining fine dining restaurants in Los Angeles pays homage to the newly legalized delicacy. As an indefinite supplement to the tasting menu, Chef Josiah Citrin will change his foie dish seasonally. Currently, Mélisse is serving seared foie gras with turnip and blood orange from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market.
Chef Neal Fraser was thrilled to welcome foie gras back to Los Angeles in his newest restaurant, Redbird. His foie is cocoa nib and pistachio crusted and is served with quince and brioche.
Ironically enough, Slater 50/50’s Burger of the Month was the Faux Gras Burger; that is until the ban was overturned and the popular burger joint was able to serve the real stuff. Foie gras lovers can get their fill with the Foie Gras Burger. The burger is made with peppered brandt beef, foie gras, onion marmalade, white cheddar, onion strings, grain mustard and arugula on a brioche bun. And at $13.95, it is without a doubt the most affordable way to get a foie fix.
The newest menu addition to Chef Gary Arabia’s GC Marketplace is his version of the Foie Gras Burger. His is topped with torchon of foie gras, dressed with a Santa Christina "Vin Santo" gastrique, and served open face on toasted house-made challah.
Prefer hot dogs over burgers? Dog Haus takes theirs to the next level with the Duck the Police, grilled Turducken sausage with micro pea greens, tangy fig relish, seared foie gras, and brown butter-toasted hazelnuts. Not enough foie? Get the Foie Fries, French fries drizzled with foie gras fat and sprinkled with five year aged gouda. Duck the Police is offered at $15, while Duck, Duck, Juice (the sausage, foie fries, and a glass of wine) comes in at a reasonable $25. 100 dogs will be available on Saturday January 24th and 25th. Get ‘em while you can!
The foie gras at Maison Giraud is a moving target. One night find the decadent Beef Rossini with filet mignon and brioche topped with sautéed foie gras, shaved black truffles, and truffle sauce. Another, torchon of duck and foie gras or sautéed foie gras with caramelized quince, grapefruit and black pepper gastrique, all depending on the preferences of namesake chef Alain Giraud.
Vertical Wine Bistro
Veteran of the LA dining scene Laurent Quenioux serves Foie Gras Gratin with artichokes, guanciale, fresh black truffle, and soubise at his Old Pasadena restaurant, Vertical Wine Bistro.
Luxury retailer and restaurant Petrossian celebrates foie gras with several dishes, like the Petrossian Black Truffle Foie Gras with shaved black truffle and maple French toast, and the Petrossian Whole Duck Foie Gras with Truffles.
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This Orange County hotspot offering Southern-style cuisine takes an innovative approach to foie gras. Using New Orlean’s-style pain perdu as a base, the restaurant pairs sweet and savory flavors with seared foie gras, foie ganache, smoked cherry jus, and toasted hazelnuts. Even more inventive is its foie gras cocktail. The Mardi Gras special will be available beginning February 12, and is comprised of foie-gras-infused Cognac, Armagnac, apple cider shrub, Herbsaint Rinse, and dried apricot.
Stonehill Tavern at St. Regis Monarch Beach
It is arguably worth the trip to Dana Point for Stonehill Tavern’s Hudson Valley foie gras with orchard apple, absinthe, and rye. Executive Chef Raj Dixit gently grills the foie then continues the cooking in a combination of light steam and dry roasting. This process allows the fat to drain, creating an elegantly grilled preparation. As Stonehill Tavern’s foie dishes will change seasonally, expect to see Double Capon Consomme with foie gras and vegetables, and Torchon of Foie Gras with mild Szechuan peppercorns, litchi, and rosewater.
The Little Door Santa Monica
The Little Door Santa Monica, freshly opened last September across from the Brentwood Country Mart, is offering seared foie gras with baguette French toast, pomegranate and ginger coulis, toasted walnuts, and chervil salad at the second location of the French restaurant.
Firefly Studio City
Studio City’s Firefly is offering both a cold and hot preparation of foie gras. A foie torchon is served with a spiced port poached pear, candied espresso beans, black currant, shaved black truffle, and toasted brioche, while the hot preparation comes seared with quince, bourbon poached pineapple, walnut brittle, and coffee cream sauce.