In the city of glitz and glamour, oftentimes the perfect cast has to come together to create the next great restaurant. And that’s exactly what has happened at Terrine. French restauranteur Stephane Bombet, who brought us Picca and Mo-chica, and was involved in the opening of Faith & Flower, opened this gem in December, and it’s already booming.
Set on the quiet, yet lively street of Beverly Blvd. this brasserie offers a gorgeously lit interior with clean décor, providing the prefect place to dine, and an amazing outdoor patio in the back with tables surrounding a beautiful large tree adorned with lights. It really is the perfect date place, or the perfect restaurant to enjoy with a group of friends or pretty much anyone.
The dinner menu by owner and award-winning Chef Kris Morningstar is very diverse, featuring fare for every palate. For starters you’ll find items like Crispy Pork Belly and Crispy Pig Ears to Veal Tongue, Smoked Tuna Tartare, Crudo of Fluke, and Stuffed Bone Marrow. No room for your palate to get bored here!
I tried the Lamb Breast hors d’oeuvres with za’atar, feta, yogurt, cucumber, and fermented turnips. The lamb was a little fatty for more liking, but very flavorful and married perfectly with the other ingredients. I also tried the Octopus, which was grilled to perfection, with just the right consistency, laid atop burrata, toasted broccoli, sunflower seeds, and salsa cabrese. It was a unique take on an octopus dish, which I really enjoyed. Our waiter offered us a wonderful Sauvignon Blanc to pair with it. It’s a bonus when your waiter is also a sommelier. ;) The Mushroom Salad with arugula, cannellini bean, and parmesan also makes for a fantastic starter.
Next, it was onto the pizza. I opted for the Tuna with aioli, rocket, lemon, and nicoise olives. It was absolutely delicious, right out of the oven, and with those unique toppings, it really gave the pizza the perfect Mediterranean flavor. Our waiter suggested pairing it with the Gamay Beaujolais, which was a divine choice.
I had to save room for a pasta dish. Our waiter suggested the Agnolotti with truffled rice filling, hazelnuts, hen of the wood mushrooms, and parmesan. These fluffy pillows filled with all that goodness just melted in my mouth. Paired with the Bandol Mouvedre, I was in heaven! Their Pieces de Resistance menu offers many other creative dishes like the Duck Crepinette, Wild Boar Casarecce, and Squid Ink Tagliatelle, to name a few.
It was onto dessert. Terrine’s managing partner and wine director, Francois Renaud, formerly of The Tasting Kitchen in Venice, was kind enough to bring us over a delicious dessert wine to get our palates primed for the sweeter stuff. They were unfortunately out of their most popular dessert, the Coffee Semifreddo, so we opted for the Almond-Coconut Crunch Chocolate Cremeux and the Apple & Pear Galette with a spectacular honey-rosemary ice cream, which paired wonderfully with the dessert wine.
Terrine is located at 8265 Beverly Blvd. It’s open for dinner daily from 5:30-11 p.m. and brunch is offered Friday-Sunday. For reservations call 323-746-5130. You can also check them out on their website at www.terinnela.com, and follow them on facebook, twitter, and instagram to find out the latest happenings. Bon appetit!