My dineLA food discovery tour continued on Friday with a double feature!
I met some friends in Studio City for lunch at The Six Restaurant. For $20 you get to choose an appetizer and an entree. I saw Crispy Brussel Sprouts on the menu and I was sold. I used to hate brussel sprouts as a kid. Partly because they reminded me of the man-eating plant in Little Shop of Horrors and because the only way my mom prepared them was blandly boiled and served with butter. But now that I’ve learned how delicious they are when served crispy with lots of vinegar, they’re one of my favorites. These sprouts were charred to perfection and served with a generous splash of soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. They arrive at the table in a small cast iron skillet filled with more than enough to share with friends.
I really liked the laid back casual atmosphere at The Six. I immediately noticed the unique bar front. It is covered with wood flats from wine crates.
They have a decent beer and wine list. I went with a Ayinger Brau-Weisse, from Germany. Which drank like a hefeweizen. Fair warning about their beers on tap, they are very large.
For my entree I chose the Brown Butter Sage Butternut Squash Flatbread.
I would never have thought to put Butternut squash on a flatbread with Mozzarella, but I’m glad they did. It was topped with crunchy pepitas and a drizzle of balsamic. Again just like with the beer, the flatbread was huge. I suggest you and your friends each get something you both enjoy and share. This was more pizza size then flat bread size. Not that I’m complaining. The leftovers made for a wonderful Saturday lunch.
One of my friends who had previously eaten at The Six opted for an item not served on the dineLA menu. Turkey Sloppy Joe Sliders. Yum! Three over stuffed sliders served with portobello mushrooms, bell peppers and fried pickles on a brioche bun.
Overall I was really impressed with my first visit to The Six. Generous portions of fresh delicious food, a decent beer & wine list and a great laid back vibe to enjoy a casual meal with friends. If Studio City isn’t near you, they have locations in West LA and Calabasas. Check them out, along with their menus here.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT…
Maison Akira in Pasadena is an upscale restaurant featuring French and Japanese inspired cuisine. The tapestry covered walls and chairs exude a quiet elegance. The restaurant itself is small and intimate. A lovely place to share a meal and conversation. Both Chef Akira and his restaurant have won multiple awards over the years. I knew I was in for something special.
The dineLA pre fixe menu is $49 for the three course dinner menu, or $75 with wine pairing. I began my meal with an Asian Pear Sake Cocktail which was refreshing and went down way too easy. The chef sent out a light savory custard for the amuse-bouche course. I love amouse-bouches. They are a playful one bite synopsis of what the chef wants to make right now. A small glimpse into their current taste.
For my appetizer I chose the Dungeness Crab Flan in Chardonnay Saffron Sauce. My family and I splurged on the wine pairing and I’m very glad we did. The Sauvignon Blanc paired perfectly with the creamy saffron sauce. Two of my dining companions ordered the Wagyu Beef Raviolis which they both raved about.
My main course was an Angus Chateau Beef Steak in a Marchand du Vin Sauce with Potato Gratin. I am a serious carnivore. I love red meat. Although I rarely cook it at home, I love ordering steak in really nice restaurants. Maybe it was the cut of meat, and how I ordered it (rare, please. Always rare.) But, if I’m being honest, I’ve had better. The Marchand du Vin sauce however was out of this world. You could have served me an old rubbery hanger steak and I would have eaten every bite covered in this delicious sauce. The steak became a sauce delivery device and I was in heaven. The depth of flavor was truly remarkable. If I had any bread left I would have sopped it up off my plate. It was paired with a big punchy Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
I finished my meal with an espresso and an order of the Apple Tart with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The pastry was light and the apples were sliced so thin you could almost see through them. The dessert was the perfect size and amount of sweetness for me. For an extra $5 you can substitute a Chocolate Souffle for your dessert course. It arrived at our table puffy and crisp and simply beautiful.
If you can’t make it out to Maison Akira for their dineLA pre fixe menu, fret not. Chef Akira offers pre fixe menus with wine pairings and a nine course tasting menu throughout the year. Check out their website for a glimpse into their tasty offerings.
There are still seven days left to experience dineLA’s restaurant week. So get out there and eat something delicious! Click here to view all participating restaurants. I have no idea where my food discovery tour will take me next, but my taste buds are ready. I’m always open to suggestions. If you love a dineLA eatery, comment and let me know.