Hatchi Mix At Breadbar Goes Liquid As New Monthly Mixology Series

Pre-Prohibition Cocktail: The Sazerac

You may be familiar with my previous Hatchi mentions, with each rendition featuring a high profile chef from around Los Angeles. The series at Breadbar has upped the ante for May, however, and will now be featuring the best mixologists on a monthly basis for, again, one night only as “Hatchi Mix” debuts on Thursday, May 6th.

The menu will feature cocktails priced at $8 each, made by the featured mixologist of the night. Kicking off the series is Devon Espinoza from Abbot Kinney’s Tasting Kitchen, who offers his “Vive le Cocktail” concept featuring pre-Prohibition libations – like the Sazerac, which is arguably America’s first cocktail, dating back to pre-Civil War New Orleans. Also on the menu: The Martinez (gin, vermouth, maraschino liqueur), by the legendary bartender Jerry Thomas in San Francisco’s Occidental Hotel during the late 1800s; the Manhattan, called the father of the Martinez and the grandmother of the Martini; and The Last Word, a Prohibition-era drink with gin, lime juice, Chartreuse and often with maraschino liqueur.

With a menu like that, it’ll be hard to pass this Hatchi Mix up. But keep on the lookout for future guest mixologists, like Joel Black of the Caña Rum Bar at The Doheny, highlighting Rum cocktails on June 3, and Julian Cox of Rivera, with a focus on Tequilas on July 1. (Mmm…I hope that includes the Barbacoa.)

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

6 PM – 2 AM

$8 per cocktail

BreadBar Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310.277.3770

Hatchi at Breadbar Goes Peruvian With Chef Ricardo Zarate

Causa at Mo-Chica

Photo credit to tinynancer on Flickr

Breadbar Century City’s monthly Hatchi series continues in January! The “foodie exhibition” of sorts rotates guest chefs for one-off nights so Angelenos can get a taste of everyone. Thursday, January 28, Hatchi will feature Chef Ricardo Zarate of Mo-Chica fame. Contemporary Peruvian tapas will be served, and if the glowing concensus about Mo-Chica is any indication, reservations will fill up fast.

True to its title, the night will feature eight dishes running $8 each. And if you’re smart about things, you’ll dine with at least a couple others so you can try everything on the menu. (Apologies ahead of time if I underestimate your capacity, perhaps, to single-handedly handle all eight by yourself.) Six of the eight will be savory, two will be desserts. Peep the “Peru Mucho Gusto” menu below (still under revision, subject to change):

SOPA DE COLIFLOR
Cauliflower soup, crispy pancetta, croutons, feta cheese dressing

CAUSA TRIO
Trio of Peruvian potato salad
Blue crab, mayo, huancaina sauce
Spicy blue fin tuna, rocoto aioli
Scallops menatiko sauce

CEVICHE MIXTO
Tairagai, uni, sea bass, aji amarillo leche de tigre sauce

TIRADITO DE PESCADO
Yellow tail tiradito, sundried tomato yuzu dressing

CARAPULCRA
Peruvian sun dried potatoes, pancetta, roasted black cod, chimichurri sauce

SECO DE CORDERO
Stew lamb shoulder in black beer and cilantro sauce, canario beans, red onion salsa

SELVA NEGRA
Flourless chocolate cake, lucuma ice cream, tamarillo sauce

KIWICHA CON LECHE Y ESENCIA DE MAZAMORRA
Kiwicha coconut pudding, purple corn essence, mixed nuts

Rarely find yourself in the USC area? Have an unfounded aversion to strip malls or do you simply love quality Peruvian food with a contemporary feel? Make your reservation at Breadbar for Chef Zarate’s turn at Hatchi.

Further reading:

Mo-Chica: The Best Peruvian Ceviche Might Be In a Warehouse South of Downtown – Jonathan Gold for LAWeekly

Perfectly Peruvian: Mo-Chica’s $35 Tasting MenuNancy Huang for CarolineOnCrack

I Ate the Eight: Hatchi With Michael Voltaggio – e*starLA

Thursday, January 28, 2009

6 – 10 PM

$8 per dish; 3 per guest minimum

Call for reservation or visit Breadbar or OpenTable

Breadbar Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd. R-2
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310.277.3770

@breadbar_la
@mo_chica

I Ate the Eight: Hatchi With Michael Voltaggio

Japanese tomato tartare, green almonds, parmesan “overeasy,” tapenade powders

It was H.C. of LAOCFoodie who secured the reservation and I jumped on the Twitter call to secure my spot in the Hatchi craze that was – this time – Top Chef and James Beard Award finalist Michael Voltaggio. Other foodie counterparts present included Kung Food Panda, Pepsi Monster, Christine of Folie à Choi Sauce, Hey Hey Scenesters, Follow PK plus many more inside. Kevin Eats, My Last Bite, Betty Hallock of the LA Times – all of which I had the pleasure of finally meeting for the first time (unfortunately not inclusive of Oishii Eats) – had dining room spots. And so did Tony. Yes, they were all seated in the inside of the restaurant while our table of 7 was banished to the outside. As indicative of the service quality bar set for the night – things were so slow that they set us up at a table in the Century City mall. For a temporary post at BreadBar, there were all the excuses available for the service to be slow and disorganized – but I think to the extent that it interfered with guests’ enjoyment of Voltaggio’s art, the service model should be reexamined.

It was a packed night, for sure. If you were so much as paying attention, you’d have realized that you had the chance to enjoy modern cooking or, if you will, “molecular gastronomy” for $8 a pop, 8 times over. Voltaggio, I’ve learned, is my age. Or rather – I am his age? The menu for the night was entitled “An Experience of Texture and Flavor” and I figured – I’ve never been afraid of either.

The plates featured cooking so modern that the egg you see above isn’t even actually an egg. It’s a consistency made from parmesan and sure as heck tasted like egg. The tartare stack tasted delicious. That gooey consistency was heavenly (besides – over-easy is how I prefer my eggs) and the overall dish was light and refreshing.

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