If you ever needed a reason to hang out in Manhattan Beach the day before Thanksgiving, I’ve got three liquid reasons right here. Known in the food and beverage industry as the “biggest drinking night of the year,” Thanksgiving Eve will see some new, fall-appropriate cocktails at the destination restaurant, M.B. Post. Think of these cocktails as autumn-tinged takes on some classics.
Don’t forget to try some bites to to line your stomach. After all, I can’t see myself ever visiting M.B. Post without having a taste of Chef David LeFevre’s small plates…make that many tastes…all Los Angeles “seasons” of the year. Or, if you’ve got the home bar with the capacity, I’ve included the recipes to the Jerry Garbus’ team’s cocktails below. Score!
All cocktails cost $12 each – whether fall-inspired or not.
It’s a pleasure to meet the chef, who himself personifies the Franco-Japanese Chaya tit for tat. Yes, this is Los Angeles, but I still don’t remember the last time I spoke to an ethnically Japanese man who speaks English with a French accent. His menu, however, has tinges of SouthernÂ influences.Â Vernacular and second languages aside,Â Haru speaks through his food ever elegantly – at least through the La Petite menu, which isÂ the facet of ChayaÂ H.C. and I were privy to on our visit. Not to be confused with the Chef’s Tasting menu or dining section of the restaurant, La Petite is your prerogative to go a la carte.
Our (off-menu) amuse was a sight and concept to behold and opened my eyes to one of the ways almond could be served: Young and green. The overall amuse was delicious and evocative of morning cereal thanks to the charred rice puffs
While I wasn’t crazy about the gravy consistencyÂ in the otherwise mouth-watering Scallop Pot Pie, the Hamachi Mole Pressed Sushi was pretty fantastic. I guess there are some things you can count on Chaya for – variations on that raw fish dish you’re sure to never tire of.
There are still entrees offered on the La Petite menu – and excellent ones from what I could tell.Â Â Our small portioned (for tasting purposes)Â Saffron Pappardelle had that perfect handmade pasta bite with just the right amount of Wagyu Bolognaise sauce.
My favorite cocktail was the Apple Knocker with Laird’s Apple Jack Brandy Blend, apple juice, pomegranate, citrus and bucket. With most of the drinks being vodka, acai and soju based, this was kind of a no-brainer. But the dessert! So good. Again, I am guilty of blogging about an off-menu item but maybe you can get Chef Haru to make a special case for you, as well. It had compressedÂ strawberries enveloped in a fluffy coconut sorbet. But the details really made it a treat, with crunchy chocolate dots, mint and candied orange peel topping the heavenly dessert that made me close my eyes. So hopefully you’ll forgive me for teasing you with this dessert since I implore you to ask for it when you visit Chaya.
The end of it is that you’ll have a solid experience at Chaya.Â The conclusion of my visit was that it’sÂ no accident that they’ve been around for such a long time. It seems that Chef Harutaka has successfullyÂ ushered in a new vision and diners everywhere (not just Cedars Sinai employees) have goodÂ reason to see what he’s up to.
All food and cocktails were hosted.
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Mon – Sat: 6 – 10:30 PM Sun: 5 – 9 PM
Bar, Lounge & Patio
Mon – Fri: 11:30 AM – Close Sat – Sun: 5 PM – Close
It’s here! The official Spring Cocktail menu for Drago Centro will debut tomorrow at a very special $6 per cocktail, all day. After tomorrow, theyÂ will goÂ to their regular $12 per cocktail price point.Â As mentioned in last week’s post on their desserts and in Caroline on Crack’s special sneak peek post, here they are in all their glory – complete with their Italian-to-English translations:
Arancia Meccanica / Clockwork Orange – Sombra Mezcal, Red Bell Pepper, Cilantro, Agave Nectar, Lime Juice, Smoked Salt
Testarossa /Redhead – Siete Leguas Blanco Tequila, Serrano Tincture, Raspberries, Lemon Juice, Red Hawaiian Salt
Tomorrow is your opportunity to taste the fruits of Michael Shearin’s labor at half-price. And with a menu that covers a variety of spirits and flavors, I’d be hard-pressed to pass this chance up! I’ll see you there.
Wednesday, April 14th
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM 5 – 10:30 PM
$6 per Spring cocktail
Drago Centro The City National Bank Plaza 525 South Flower Street, Suite 120 Los Angeles, CA 90071