first off, how delightful was it to get a place card and the longest, crackliest baguette ever? trust me, it was delightful.
to accompany this long baguette was a trio of jenny craig will disapprove spreads, aptly named the three fat textures. the white one is lavendar LARD (reminincent of his lavendar honey butter at the breadbar and my favorite of the three), brown sugar butter, and clarified butter. who would have thunk this was the decadent precursor for an over the top dinner.
carrot salad with saffron anglaise. this dish was presented like a contemporary art piece. two long carrot slices poached in their own juices sitting on a bed of carrot ribbons. delightful.
the egg, potato mousseline, lobster, borage flower also known as GIVE ME ANOTHER ONE PLEASE! this dish reminded me of christmas in someone else's house (i'm buddhist so i don't get presents but i have a good imagination) and you find little suprise packages underneath your tree. oh my how tasty that this suprise involved a lobster and an egg under a mound of potato puree. one of the prettiest and tastiest dishes of the night.
peek-a-boo, i see you! get in my mouth now!
foi gras croque-monsieur with lemon turnip chutney. the bread is made with squid ink which gave it its mysterious midnight color. a generous slab of foi gras with ham and cheese lies in the middle while the chutney cuts the decadence in your mouth with a tarty kung-fu kick. delicious!
nothing like oozing foie gras to make you wimper with joy.
burgundy escargots in a garlic flan with green jus and yellow flowers. the yummy escargot nuggets had a slight crispy texture to it which paired well with the garlicky flan. the yellow flowers reminded me AND the land snails of the garden they used to live in :0 pretty.
king salmon confit, spring cabbage, orange skin & juniper berries sauce, and agar. when chef ludo described this dish, all i heard was "agar, agar, agar!" unfortunately, the piece of agar was not impressive but the salmon, the star of the dish was perfectly cooked with a crispy skin. smear the juniper sauce on it and you have a delightful bite.
poached jidori chicken with crispy chicken skin, garden vegetables, and bacon royale. my absolute second favorite dish of the night. a hearty medallion-like piece of poached chicken topped off with fried skin bits introduces you to a sophisticated kind of ludo chicken. masterful, moist, rich, and decadent. every component of this dish was a slam dunk and dunk i did as they went into my mouth.
the brie chantilly napoleon with honey comb, balsamic, and frisee salad. the brie cheese was whipped into a butter-like taste and consistency. over-the-top decadence once again. the sweet honey comb was a neccessary addition to cut through the thickness.
and finally, to top off all the decadence that came before it, a decadent dessert to make my belly rounder, the dark chocolate souffle with black pepper milk chocolate ice cream and chocolate cream. the souffle rose to a perfect chocolatey height and must be paired with the uber peppery ice cream which is quite spicy on it's own. drizzle the dark chocolate sauce on it and you have a fantastico dessert to round out the night...and fantastic it was.
what a wowzers tasting it was ludo! the creativity you breathed into your dishes left me a few pounds heavier and in a food coma high at the end of the night.
and the wine pairings by jill of domaine L.A....man oh man, i'm crushin' on you lady! the 2008 julien fremont, cidre brut par nature "greniers" and the 2006 jo pithon "les 4 villages" rocked my world. seriously, a great meal gets elevated to a new level of delicious adjectives with a thoughtful wine pairing, and thoughtful it was.
and of course, meeting and talking to all the food enthusiasts that convened at a communal table to break bread and relish in a well planned, well executed luscious ludo meal: will and marshal of fooddigger (yo whuz up), cathy (yay, wedding!), bianca (staycation is great!), linden (i want your aussie accent), misty (you're hilarious!), helen (i love your shoes girrrl), julian (i will make you a list of food adjectives :), christine (i love your shirt!), and hong (don't show kim the pictures, she will be jealous).
so if you want to taste some of this decadence, ludobites 4.0 will be at gram and papa's for 2 months, but a little bird told me that they are already booked up. perhaps you can jump on someone's reservation? or just drool to death :(
Gram and Papa's
227 E 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
price: (adopt me will chi, come on do it! i am adorably feisty)
verdict: omg, i love it!
verdict: omg, i love it!