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Seared foie gras in Los Angeles?

marlyd Oct 11, 2009 05:55 PM


I took my friend to Church & State assuming there would be seared foie gras on the menu (you know, per the other French items on the menu like escargot, steak frites, etc.). Alas they only served foie gras terrine. Now this terrine was probably a wonderful dish, but for my friend's first foie experience I really had my heart set on her tasting seared foie gras.

Does anyone know where this is a menu staple in LA? I looked at Animal's menu, which changes daily, and they had foie gras as an ingredient in a dish or two but a) it may not be offered daily, and b) it may not be seared.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    cls RE: marlyd Oct 11, 2009 07:54 PM

    Not to nitpick, but there's nothing un-French about the Church and State preparation.

    8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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      marlyd RE: cls Oct 11, 2009 11:21 PM

      I understand what you're saying. I could have said what I was saying without suggesting that. The waiter said their terrine was amazing, it just wasn't what I wanted.

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      jacknhedy RE: marlyd Oct 11, 2009 09:12 PM

      hi. 2 places with great foie -

      1. providence - and to make sure, call ahead and specifically ask if they'll have what you want. they go out of their way to accommodate you.

      2. bistro lq.


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        Lambster RE: marlyd Oct 11, 2009 09:33 PM

        The seared foie gras at Bistro LQ is part of a trio of foie gras prepared three ways. When I had it the seared foie was paired with a sliver of dark chocolate and it was really, really good. My only complaint was that it was just a minor part of the trio.

        Another excellent option is the seared foie at Joe's Restaurant in Venice. It's part of a rather unusual combination of seared tuna, potato gallete and a red wine reduction. This is one of my favorite dishes in all of Los Angeles.

        1. sku RE: marlyd Oct 12, 2009 08:23 AM

          I think Animal always has at least one seared offering. The foie gras with biscuit and gravy is a seared preparation, as is the loco moco I believe.

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            Phurstluv RE: sku Oct 12, 2009 09:29 AM

            And it is un-freaking-believable, the maple biscuit & gravy. Worth every penny.

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              cinzia RE: Phurstluv Oct 20, 2009 03:14 PM

              just had the biscuit & gravy dish for the first time on friday nite - ah/ma/zing! rich, certainly, but w/ a light biscuit and a nice bit of heat in w/ the maple, wow! enjoy!!!

          2. peppermonkey RE: marlyd Oct 13, 2009 11:39 AM

            although it's a japanese take...orris does a seared foie with japanese eggplant which, although sweet, is an excellent first introduction to foie gras...the sweet glaze helps cut through the richness but you can still taste the foie as well as the ooozy texture...shiro (the sister resaturant) does it with poached pear which is better but not always on the menu. Also anisette does a great one...but you not always on the menu

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              TomSwift RE: marlyd Oct 13, 2009 12:59 PM

              Just last week I had a truly delightful seared foie at Chez Mimi in Brentwood. It was a special so call ahead and see if they have it.

              1. marlyd RE: marlyd Oct 14, 2009 12:23 PM

                Hey thanks for the tips everyone!

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                  badvlad RE: marlyd Oct 15, 2009 10:18 PM

                  Jiraffe/Giraffe/However the hec they spell it, the seared foie gras is the best

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                    epop RE: badvlad Oct 21, 2009 03:20 PM

                    I agree, Jiraffe's with pistachio and mango is a thing of beauty. Call first though -- since the recession it hasn't always been available.

                    Jiraffe falls off the radar sometimes on Chow. I wish that wasn't the case. The chef is always there and is on top of the dishes coming out.

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                      epop RE: badvlad Oct 21, 2009 03:21 PM

                      I love Orris but their foie gras is not the best. I've had it there a couple times and it hasn't always been cooked well. Also found a vein the last time.

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                      andytseng RE: marlyd Oct 18, 2009 12:20 AM

                      If you happen to be out in Pasadena, Maison Akira always has it.

                      Maison Akira Restaurant
                      713 E. Green St., Pasadena, CA 91101

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                        WildSwede RE: andytseng Oct 21, 2009 12:31 PM

                        Also in Pasadena, we had a lovely Foie Gras at Derek's, but this was a couple of years ago. Give them a call to see if they still offer it.

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                        alaina9yaya RE: marlyd Oct 20, 2009 11:29 AM

                        Best seared foie I ever had was at Craft Los Angeles just last week. Absolutely delicious.

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                          shelbo RE: alaina9yaya Oct 20, 2009 06:11 PM

                          +1. Amazing!

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                            wilp RE: alaina9yaya Oct 22, 2009 08:15 AM

                            I was just about to say that.... best i've had. Next would be Animal, next would actually be Frenchy's Bistro in Long Beach. Nice portion, perfectly cooked over Brioche and some jam..

                          2. sarahbeths RE: marlyd Jan 28, 2011 07:01 PM

                            You can get some at JiRafffe in Santa Monica on the Dine LA menu-- a kind of crazy fabulous deal. $44 for dinner with a seared foie app? I went last season and booked again for this DIne LA season- it was the very best bang for your buck I've had with Dine LA. (Though my favorite Dine LA dinner may always be La Botte.)

                            I also had a delicious seared foie at Melisse. That is a $pecial occasion destination.

                            I too am not a fan of foie terrine and absolutely hate when I think I'm getting the real thing seared and end up with a pate or terrine. Don't even get me started with people who answer the question "What is foie gras?" with "It's a pate!"

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                              granadafan RE: sarahbeths Jan 29, 2011 06:48 PM

                              Well, the foie gras was in a roulade surrounded by ahi tuna wrapped in a baked paper thin potato. DELICIOUS.

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                              elnora RE: marlyd Jan 29, 2011 01:23 PM

                              i second the recommendation for the foie with tuna at joe's - it is such an interesting dish, and absolutely delicious.

                              that, the foie at animal (with the sausage gravy and biscuit) and orris (with the eggplant) are my three favorite foie dishes in LA.

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