Noodles are a perfect way to ring in the Lunar New Year. Representative in Asian cultures of long life, noodles are also one of the most comforting foods that I turn to – perfect in our “chilly” Los Angeles February. So when I heard that the first ever Noodle Bowl Fest would be held at The Viceroy, you could color me skeptical about the representations that would be served – until I actually looked at the participants.
They’re the noodle heavyweights of Arcadia, Thai Town and Little Osaka, but also the culinary heavyweights of Highland Park, Manhattan Beach, the food truck movement and Santa Monica. A $45 ticket (bought before January 31st, $55 after) will get you tastings of the following:
The weather lately has confirmed that it’s officially fall in Los Angeles, and you may be looking for a good spot for a Sunday dinner as you wind down your weekend. Thankfully, Savor Sundays at Whist are back and they’ve got four different rotating themes just to keep things interesting.
I had the opportunity to visit during their “Southern Favorites” theme and Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo as well as Chef de Cuisine Chris Crary did a great job comforting my guest and me with their buttermilk fried chicken. It was perfectly breaded on the outside and incredibly juicy and flavorful on the inside and out. The butter lettuce wedge had a perfect buttermilk dressing, as well. Â The drinks were prepared nice and stiff. I’m curious to see how the other themed menus will turn out – and it’s up to you to find out.
Nov. 14 – Southern Favorites
Butter Lettuce Wedge, Bacon/Tomato/Blue Cheese/Herb Buttermilk Dressing Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Bacon Cheddar Biscuits/Collard Greens/Grits/Mashed Potatoes/Market Slaw Pecan Pie, Knob Creek Caramel/Vanilla Ice Cream Featured beverages: Mint Julep, Sweet Tea Bourbon, Root Beer flight
Oct. 24/Nov. 21 – Spanish Style
White Gazpacho, Crisped Jamon Serrano/Grapes/Almonds/Garlic Valencia-Style Paella Shellfish/Chorizo/Chicken Churros and Horchata Featured beverages: white and red sangria
Oct. 31/Nov. 28 – French Flavors
Frisee aux Lardons, Poached Egg/Hazelnuts/Shaved Truffles Toulouse-Style Cassoulet, Pork/Sauccison/Duck Confit/Tarbais Beans Tarte Tatin, Cinnamon Ice Cream Canele Featured beverages: French 75, Rhone Valley wine flight
Nov. 7/Dec. 5 – Chinese “Takeoutâ€
Hot and Sour Wonton Soup Spring Rolls/Dumplings/Shrimp Toast/Squab and Lettuce Cups Moo Shoo Pork, Peking Duck, Housemade Pancakes Shrimp Fried Rice Featured beverages: Tsing Tao beer, lychee wine, Greenteani cocktail
So be sure to make your reservation and enjoy a delicious fall Sunday dinner inside the beautiful Whist.