Anyways, Van and I ventured out of our normal area for dinner last night, with the help of a very generous gift certificate from Van's sisters for his birthday. We ate at a delicious restaurant on Abbot Kinney named The Tasting Kitchen. We had to make reservations a couple of weeks in advance, and the best time we could get for a Saturday night was 6:45pm, but it was fine. We found street parking on Venice Blvd., which was free until 10pm, and provided a nice little walk to the restaurant flanked on one side by a boutique and the other side a sushi restaurant. Lemonade is also only a couple of doors down, so lots of people-watching.
|Restaurant exterior and blurry Van.|
Our server was exceptional, and although we chose to bring our own bottle of wine, ($35 corkage FYI) we began with a cocktail and olives. I was feeling daring, so instead of my favorite spirit of choice, vodka, I chose a gin cocktail named The English Garden: gin, fennel, cucumber. Yes. Van ordered a tequila drink, called a Valkryerie, we also started with olives of course. My fav.
|Moi avec English Garden.|
Next, we ordered a clam/chorizo dish - unfortunately no photos. Then decided to split two pastas, yes- it was a lot of food. I should add that the clams and olives were incredibly, but the pasta is made in-house and sometimes there is nothing better than fresh pasta. We split a ravioli (one large one- stuffed with egg and ricotta) see below (again, these photos don't do it justice.)
|Ravioli with ricotta and egg.|
And a Gigli, Luciana, Squash blossom dish- very delicious too, but I definitely preferred the ravioli dish.
|Gigli, luciana and squash blossom|
|Milk and Honey Dessert.|
Apparently the head chef and restaurant owner is from Portland, so I like that Pacific Northwest connection as well. All and all the meal was rich, tasty and definitely fulfilling Obviously a bit on the pricey side, but the gift certificate was very generous- thanks sistas!
It was also fun to explore Venice a bit, and walk around the Abbot Kinney area, which is so cute and trendy these days. We definitely enjoyed our night out on the West-side. Until next time Venezia.