December 1, 2009

my favorite flavor is yummy

while i was in LA for the thanksgiving holiday, i visited michael mina's XIV, a fairly new spot on sunset boulevard. the space was design by philippe starck, but it lacks the normal starck tradmarks - no lucite chairs, oversized opaque chandeliers, a combination of black, white, and red. rather, the interiors felt like a lush library or traditional north east living room. unfortunately, i didn't get a single decent picture of the interiors, but the 8-course tasting menu was delicious.







ahi tuna tartare; ancho chile, pears, mint, pine nuts, sesame oil


ruby red cocktail | sea scallops tempura; cauliflower, passion fruit, edamame, almonds


crispy branzino; shrimp, mussels, pearl onions


tai snapper; tapioca-crusted, broccoli rabe, white soy vinaigrette


kobe burger; french fries, farmhouse cheddar, "special sauce"


xiv cheese selection with pomegranate garnish


nutella custard; popcorn ice cream, toast streusel, passion fruit

find more info on XIV and michael mina's other restaurants here.

2 comments:

  1. the hudson hotel is my fave starck project...and this one reminds me of that one.

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  2. i've still, somehow, never been there!! i need to find the time to go and squeeze an overpriced cocktail into the trip.

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