Last Thanksgiving I vowed to return to Bistro LQ, not because of the charming server or the intimidating
The zany, balloon-adorned ceiling? The conspicuous red Converse Chuck Taylor's that all the servers were strutting? The mountain of gigantic sausages that screamed, "in yo' face"?
I really don't know what the reason. But I do know I want it. And finally, 6 months later, chance happened.
Nothing's changed. The familiar, forever-inflated silver and gold balloons are still hovering along the ceiling. And the servers are still as model-esque as ever. It's like I never left.
We are greeted with an amuse bouche of scallop and salsa-like dressing.
One of my favorites is the Uni with Tapioca Pudding and Kumamoto Oyster in Yuzu Gelée. An ingenious combination of tapioca pudding and uni creates a texture of velvety uni cream.
Foi Gras 3 Ways:
Sautéed: Oxtail, Frisee with Rose Oil Vinaigrette
Terrine: Wasabi Marshmallow and Yuzu Gelée
Torchon: Violette Scented, Spring Vegetables Russian Salad-style
Tortilla Soup, Green Garlic, Comte Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Zucchini Flowers Sauce
Served with Glazed Shallots, Chanterelle, Sunchoke Puree, Jus
Shishito Pepper Puree, Miso Sauce, Yuzu Glace
From the Cheese Cart:
and the condiments that ensued:
Bistro LQ is a charlatan, the name doesn't do it justice. It is by no means a bistro, or resembles anything of that nature. The attention to detail and service is exemplary of any world class restaurant but of a more casual approach. An interesting note about Bistro LQ is that you can create your own tasting menu. Each item is available in half order, which makes trying the whole menu effortless and cost efficient. Chef Laurent's antic nature is apparent when he pairs a perfectly grilled cheese sandwich with scallops. It's deliberate, yes. But what purpose does it serve? The same sentiment goes with the eccentric looking biscuits that appear more often than naught. However, his unconventional methods such as the Foi gras 3 Ways and elaborate Cheese Plate speaks for itself. The condiments that came with the cheese plate were outrageous. Pesto sauce? Cumin seeds? Quite cheeky you are, LQ.
8009 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90048-4503