Get thee to Canele for...
As some may know, I am a big fan of Canele'. A friend took me for my birthday Sunday night and we had another terrific meal. There are two appetizer specials running currently that are must haves:
First, the Brandade with Tomato Confit is back. This was so good, the LA Times did a feature on it:
It was as rich and creamy and salty and decadent as always.
The new addition to the specials list was a chorizo appetizer. It came in the same earthenware bowl as the brandade, with chorizo, potatoes, other spices and a fried egg, sunny side up, on top. Wow. This is one of the best dishes I have had in a long time. Spicy, wonderful comfort food at it's best.
For dinner, we shared the beef tenderloin and the lamb, with a side of greens. If you are a fan of Canele' or have never tried it, this would be a great time to go.
Canale is our walk in the hood eatery. I like the brandade...a lot...though I should mention that it is really designed to share. It is one of the richest dishes I've eaten. 2 or 3 could easily share this. The dish needs a good glass of lazer sharp Sancerre or Muscadet to cut the fat. Thanks for the heads up on Chorizo.
I second the recommendation -- the brandade was among the best restaurant dishes I've had all year -- the perfect unctuous consistency and served splutteringly hot with a good slick of olive oil on top and a payload of tomatoes underneath that perfectly cuts through the richness. The beet and meyer lemon salad I ordered with it was well-balanced and dressed with a cumin-scented vinaigrette -- an unexpected but delicious combination.