Friday, January 24, 2014

Santa Monica, California - Tar & Roses

My favorite restaurant during my brief stay in Santa Monica was, hands down, Tar & Roses. This spot was brimming with energy, great people watching, and food so good its still calling out to me in daydreams. Do book far ahead, as reservations are being taken a month out now. Then grab a few friends and order a slew of dishes to share and savor between you all.

They've got your wine needs covered ...

Voted one of the top 10 new restaurants in LA, Tar & Roses' menu features local and seasonal dishes, with an Italian flair, and come served family-style.

We DEVOURED the following:

Spaghetti carbonara: / soft egg / pancetta / parmesan / black pepper:

Oxtail dumpling / san bai su / chili / green onion:

Venison loin / glazed yam / wood roasted cabbage / dried tart cherry:

Baby carrots / currants / chermoula creme fraiche:

Charred baby broccoli / parmesan pudding / breadcrumb:

And the absolute show-stopping piece de resistance:

Whole fried snapper for two / cold soba noodles / dipping sauce:

I've never said no to a dessert menu and this was no exception.

Strawberry crostata with a side of honeycomb ice cream:

Feeling particulary hungry? Grab four or more friends and pre-order one of these feasts (goat anyone?!):

The bill comes in a tongue-in-cheek envelope stamped "The Damage", but after that food induced coma, you won't even know what hit you.

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