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Oct 11, 2009 05:55 PM

Seared foie gras in Los Angeles?


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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  1. 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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    1. re: cls

      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.

    2. 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.


      1. 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. 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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          1. re: sku

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

            1. re: Phurstluv

              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. 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