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HELP, NEED FOIS GRAS EAST OF LA BREA!

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critical Aug 10, 2001 08:17 PM

Can anyone recommend a restaurant that serves Fois Gras east of LA BREA? Silver Lake, Los Feliz, East LA ok too.
Many thanks - got a serious hankering.

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    Rafi Aug 10, 2001 08:56 PM

    How 'bout downtown? Fois gras with quince jelly at Water Grill is on the small side (thanks for sharing, Sheryl!) but it's outta sight!!! See recs below...

    Also: haven't tried it, but word on this board is that the chef at Shibucho stashes a few lobes of goose fat in his sushi bar...

    Let us eastsiders know what you find. That "serious hankering" is spreading fast!

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      monique l. Aug 14, 2001 02:42 PM

      Critical ~
      I am also desperate for foie gras but i am on the west side. A few weeks ago I dragged my fiance on what he called a wild goose liver chase up to Shibucho and although the foie gras was good, it wasn't not like the seared style foie gras that i love. it was more like cat food. very good cat food that is. i think it was pate style and then cooked in thick slices served with Bread. Also, it was very very expensive. They don't itemize so i don't know but someone else said it was about $50 plate. So not worth it to me.

      For the past 2 weekend I have dragged my fiance(not kicking and screaming mind you) to Joe's in Venice, so that I can have their Seared tuna and foie gras appetizer ($14). It was beyond heavenly. However, not enough foie gras to fill my fix. (Is foie gras a drug?) So my quest continues.

      I have noticed Water Grill mentioned a lot on this site for foie gras. I might have to try that one next. Good news is I am headed to Oahu next week and I have obtained the menu from the hotel I am staying at and low and behold ~ a foie gras appetizer!!! I know where I will be eating!! So anyone have suggestions for a West Side foie gras fiend? Thanks in advance.

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        kevin Aug 14, 2001 06:49 PM

        cafe blanc or chinois on main.

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          stevenwacks Sep 3, 2001 06:17 PM

          I had seared foie gras on the Patina tasting menu not long ago - it was excellent (I think it was the Hudson Valley variety, but not sure. I'm sure they could accomodate whatever portions you desire ($$$$$). Campanile had a preserved foie gras on the menu the other night. I believe this is made from fresh whole foie gras that is wrapped in a cheesecloth and buried in salt for several days. Very good, different texture, flavor, density of the fresh seared variety. I'd check the menus before dining.

        2. re: monique l.
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          JudiAU Jan 10, 2007 01:51 AM

          It is very ususual, actually kind of weird, to serve foie gras that has been prepared as a terrine (not pate- pate implies the involvement of non-foie gras elements) and then seared.

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            WileysHungryAgain Jan 11, 2007 08:13 PM

            Actually a "Terrine de Fois Gras" is quite common and one of the most exquisite methods of preparation of the fattened liver.

            http://frenchfood.about.com/od/morefi...

            1. re: WileysHungryAgain
              hrhboo Jan 11, 2007 08:19 PM

              Yes, but seared?

          2. re: monique l.
            hrhboo Jan 11, 2007 08:05 PM

            There's a fantastic foie gras dish on the current menu at Orris.

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          coco25 Jan 10, 2007 01:00 AM

          I gotta love the Foie Gras with candied blood orange and liquorice essence at the Royale on Wilshire (wilshire and Rampart). I have had it twice. Very soft and custard-like centre. And I know it is West, but the Peninsula in Beverly Hills has a lovely foie gras on a date tart with various apple-based additions (caramelised, creamed, etc)...

          1. wilafur Jan 10, 2007 01:28 AM

            if you do head to downtown, i would recommend cicada for their foie gras (that is, if they are still serving it).

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              angelbean Jan 10, 2007 03:23 AM

              For what it's worth, I just got offered a foie gras special appetizer at Dusty's on Sunset in Silverlake.

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                fooddude37 Jan 11, 2007 09:18 PM

                technically Providence is east of La Brea, not sure if that's far east enough for you

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                  LuluBleu Jan 11, 2007 09:42 PM

                  The fois gras at opus was great. But it was served in the middle of a soup - i'm sure they can prepare it sans.

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                    Jerome Jan 11, 2007 11:04 PM

                    In Downtown- both Noe at the omni and Patina (i believe) have foie gras dishes. Call to confirm and consider calling the restaurant at checkers and cafe pinot which might have it on special.

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                      woojink Jan 12, 2007 12:35 AM

                      If you ask for a foie dish at opus, I'm certain that they will accomodate you with pretty much as much foie as you and your wallet can handle... :)

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                        zoomchic Jan 12, 2007 03:45 AM

                        Recently had the tasting menu at Opus-fabulous-and one of the dishes was John dory with foie gras. Interesting pairing and even better, I traded my fish for my husbands foie. Silly boy. But wow... rich and custardy. I am a foie gras junkie and will always order it if I find it on a menu. Hopefully the 2008 ban will not pass. I am crossing my fingers.

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