New Fall Cocktails Hit M.B. Post on Thanksgiving Eve

Man in the Yellow Hat, The Hessian & The Fall of Man (Photo credit to Rick Poon)

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.

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Checking Out the (Off-)Menu by Chef Haru Kishi at Chaya Brasserie

Almond Three Ways | Milk, Roasted and Green

At 25, Chaya’s time in Los Angeles almost doubles my own. I was unsure whether I’d feel more intimidated by their history or blasé about the menu. Turns out that it was neither of those things. Chef Haru Kishi, who, for the first time, was recruited from outside the Chaya family, brings in a fresh approach. Though yes, the tuna tartar is right there on the menu, overall, it’s a strong departure from what was served before.

Saffron Pappardelle | Wagyu Bolognaise

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 Southern influences. Vernacular and second languages aside, Haru speaks through his food ever elegantly – at least through the La Petite menu, which is the facet of Chaya 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

Coconut Sorbet, Compressed Strawberry, Agave Syrup, Black Peppercorn, Chocolate Dots

While I wasn’t crazy about the gravy consistency 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.  Our small portioned (for tasting purposes) Saffron Pappardelle had that perfect handmade pasta bite with just the right amount of Wagyu Bolognaise sauce.

La Petite Menu Dining Area

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 compressed 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. The conclusion of my visit was that it’s no accident that they’ve been around for such a long time. It seems that Chef Harutaka has successfully ushered in a new vision and diners everywhere (not just Cedars Sinai employees) have good reason to see what he’s up to.

All food and cocktails were hosted.

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Lunch

11:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Dinner

Mon – Sat: 6 – 10:30 PM
Sun: 5 – 9 PM

Bar, Lounge & Patio

Mon – Fri: 11:30 AM – Close
Sat – Sun: 5 PM – Close

Chaya Brasserie Beverly Hills
8741 Alden Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Drago Centro’s New Spring Cocktail Menu – $6 Each Tomorrow Only

Il Padrino and Great Scot

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, they will go to their regular $12 per cocktail price point. 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
  • Barbarossa / Redbeard – Kraken Rum, Campari, Orange Juice, Lime Juice, Campari Candy
  • Draculino / Little Dracula – Distillery No. 209 Gin, Dimmi Liquore, Harry’s Strawberries, Basil, Lemon Juice
  • Grande Scozzese / Great Scot – Dewars Scotch, Cardamom, Lemon Juice
  • Il Padrino
  • Il Padrino / The Godfather –Tequila Ocho Plata, Mirto Amaro, Martini Bianco Vermouth, Orange Bitters
  • La Grande Mela / The Big Apple – Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Cointreau, Pink Lady Apple, Rhubarb Bitters, Lemon Juice
  • Maracana / famous soccer stadium in Brazil – Sagatiba Cachaca, Cinnamon Tincture, Lime, Demerara Sugar
  • Rallenta / Slow Down – Plymouth Sloe Gin, Crème de Peche, St. Germain, Orange Bitters, Soda Water
  • Settentacinque / 75 – Principe Prosecco, Kelt Cognac, Punt e Mes, Limoncello, Peychaud’s Bitters, Sugar Cube
  • Tarocco / Sicilian Orange – Belvedere Vodka, Cointreau, Tangelo, Cucumber, Lemon Juice
  • 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

@dragocentro

@michaelshearin