time has certainly flew these past couple months. has it really been this long since my last post?! (EMBARRASSING) AND it’s not that i’ve stopped eating. oh no, i certainly have not… actually,if anything…i’ve come across some of the best meals of my life since my last post. you see, the problem is…i am terrible at managing my time effectively. it’s a shame, really… i mean, if i didn’t love binge watching on netflix till 3AM and sleeping in till (an hour that shall remain unnamed) so much, i would really be able to ‘carpe diem' more…so, i've finally come to face the reality that it's a terrible cycle i must cut— along with the realization that i shall be more faithful to FOODOLOGIE
ON THAT NOTE, i have plenty of photos and reviews of several places i’ve visited. it’s been a GREAT past few months and my taste buds and tummy have been spoiled to the maxxx.
on my first post back from my mini-hiatus: BESTIA.
(*spoiler alert* — i’m kinda..sorta..OBSESSED with this place.)
this was a complimentary dish: “meatballs" was all i remember from what it was called. DELICIOUS!
Grilled Octopus&Calamari on a bed of arugula, mixed mushrooms, and a vinaigrette type dressing— The seafood items were grilled to perfection—these items tend to be hit or miss—if not prepared and cooked correctly the octopus and calamari get tough to chew and the flavor ends up lacking. Here, at bestia it was far from that— flavors and texture were all sorts of RIGHT.
Genevieve’s Shaved Summer Vegetable Salad--seriously one of the best salads i have ever had. light and refreshing. both times i’ve dined here i’ve ordered this to start and it has yet to disappoint.
Roasted Marrow Bone served with spinach gnocchetti, crispy breadcrumbs, with a hint of aged balsamic— the HOLY GRAIL ! I DREAM ABOUT THIS…no no no scratch that…FANTASIZE about this dish on the daily. i’ve had several bone marrow dishes from other places and i’ve been a fan of it since i’ve had my first taste, BUT NO OTHER PLACE I’VE BEEN TO thus far has served it as great as BESTIA. i have no bad things to say about this dish (or this establishment, as a matter a fact) the bone marrow mixed in with the spinach gnocchetti (a type of pasta they personally make) is so incredible. i know i’m hyping this up like crazy, but trust me …the hype is real. actually, NO don’t trust me…try it for yourself. you know the saying “so bad, yet so good”? well i am convinced that this is what they were specifically talkin bout.
squid ink pasta— another dish i’ve had at several different establishments but there’s just something about bestia’s housemade pasta that got me ‘feelin’ some type of way’. i know the name of the pasta scares some people away but give squid ink a chance, it’s not as weird as it sounds or looks. it’s a simple flavor that i can’t really describe, you’ve just really gotta try it for yourself to understand.
as if they needed to impress me anymore…
…these desserts are just….ON A WHOLE ‘NOTHA LEVEL
the first dish pictured: Valrhona Fair Trade Bittersweet Chocolate Budino Tart with salted caramel a cacao crust a bit of olive oil & sea salt—- such a unique combination of ingredients but oh so perfect all together. this has got to be one of my favorite desserts i’ve had at a restaurant
second dish pictured: Crème Fraîche Panna Cotta. huckleberries. honey whole wheat butter cookies— so light and yummy. not too sweet at all & though i was ready to get wheelchair’d out of that joint, you bet i had a few good spoonfuls of it. Panna Cotta has definitely made it’s way into my heart…especially bestia’s.
so there you have it, my first post…in what seems like ages. and as if you couldn’t already tell…I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE. make reservations in advance…because, i’m not the only one who knows about this hidden gem (literally hidden..in a random alley in the middle of LA & sometimes extremely difficult to even get a reservation) the drinks are also way good (whiskey sour here is da bomb, GET IT!) and the atmosphere is very laid back & cool. music is kept at a reasonable volume but you can still clearly hear that they play alll thee JAMS (think 90’s/early 2000’s r&b, hip hop, rock)
this place is 10/10 in my book…hands down.
i love you, bestia & i cannot wait to reunite with you…hopefully sooner than later..you know, like tomorrow? or everyday till death do us part?
2121 E 7th Pl
Los Angeles, CA 90021