Monday, April 21, 2014

Trois Mec

Trois Mec

To celebrate our anniversary this month (our sixth!), Justin and I dined at Trois Mec. We'd made plans to visit once before, but a nasty case of bronchitis sidelined me, making this dinner long overdue. So, we followed the glow of a Raffallo's Pizza sign to a worn-out strip mall and prepared to celebrate and feast.

Trois Mec comes from French slang for "three dudes"-- those dudes being Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo of Animal and Son of a Gun and Ludovic Lefebvre, famous for his innovative LudoBites pop-ups. Diners can snag one of the restaurant's 26 seats by logging onto Trois Mec's website on alternate Fridays at 8:00AM and purchasing a ticket. Tickets run around $75 per person (depending on the rotating menu and before tax and gratuity) and include a handful of "snacks," 5 courses, and mignardises.

Trois Mec

After being seated at the bar, Chef Ludo generously sent over glasses of bubbly to start our meal. With champagne in hand, we settled in to watch the action in the kitchen.

Kitchen at Trois Mec

Chef Ludo at Trois Mec

Bon soir, chef!

Dinner began with a quartet of snacks, which were all meant to be eaten with your hands.

Snacks at Trois Mec

First to arrive was a tiny bowl of crispy, puffed buckwheat popcorn electrified by rice vinegar. The texture and tang of these nibbles made them a delight to eat.

Snacks at Trois Mec

Next up was a cube of seasoned tapioca, which was perfectly crisp on the outside and chewy within.

Salt Cod Onigiri at Trois Mec

Justin adored the salt cod onigiri, a bite-sized morsel of sushi rice filled with fish and garnished with salt cod cream and mustard flowers.

Garlic Bread at Trois Mec

The standout snack for me was a miniature garlic brick toast topped with butter, parsley, and chives. If given the option, I could have easily been convinced to eat twenty more of these and nothing else for the rest of the meal.

Avocado, Citrus, Crab Ceviche at Trois Mec

The first of our five courses was a bright King Crab ceviche, served beneath slices of creamy avocado. Fresh fruit, cubes of citrus gelee and more buckwheat popcorn imparted a snappy acidity to the dish.

Nantucket Bay Scallops at Trois Mec

As a gift, chef Ludo sent out an additional course. For Justin, a plate of Nantucket Bay scallops and crunchy sesame brittle over a bed of cauliflower puree and lemon curd, generously dusted with tandoori powder.

Radishes, Carrots at Trois Mec

For the "princess" (i.e. pain in the ass who doesn't love all seafood equally), chef Ludo prepared a stunning medley of salted beets and thinly shaved radishes and carrots, crowned with cilantro flowers. The white chocolate olive oil that dressed the vegetables was a revelation. Since I couldn't bottle up their supply and stash it in my purse, I did the next best thing: licked my plate clean.

Grilled Cabbage at Trois Mec

A leaf of grilled cabbage brought us back to Trois Mec's regularly scheduled programming. Atop the cabbage was a disc of umami-laden miso flan and rounding out the plate were whipped horseradish, a smoked almond milk anglaise and fennel pollen. This dish was best enjoyed with a little bit of each component in every bite. Leave it to chef Ludo to make even cabbage interesting!

Potato Pulp at Trois Mec

Next to arrive was the much buzzed-about Potato Pulp, a mountain of riced potatoes and onion soubise (a French onion sauce) ensconced in brown butter, a French cow's milk cheese and bonito flakes. It's easy to see why this dish--at once both homey and completely unique-- has become the restaurant's signature dish.

Beef, Charred Broccoli at Trois Mec

Our final savory course was a beautifully composed plate of tender, juicy rib eye cap, charred broccoli, crispy shallots and, wait for it, smoked peanut butter. This dish best encapsulated the spirit of chef Ludo's pop-ups of days past for me-- unexpected, inventive and damn good.

Apple Butter, Creme de Brie at Trois Mec

For dessert, apple butter, creme de brie and a fluffy hay whipped cream blanketed with barley crumbles. Even this serious sugar addict had never experienced a sweet like this before. At once both surprising and refreshing, I enjoyed this to the last bite.

Mignardises at Trois Mec

Our sadness over the end of our meal with tempered with mignardises, a funky but addictive black garlic caramel and chestnut petit choux.

Our meal at Trois Mec was one of the best I've eaten, anywhere. I could re-eat this dinner for the rest of my life and be happy. However, I love knowing that our next experience there will likely be entirely different. This was just the ticket to make our big night an unforgettable one.

Trois Mec
716 N. Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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  1. Good times! Your meal was similar to the one I had in February. I wonder when they'll change the menu next! Can't wait to see what Ludo dreams up.

    1. Yes! Already dreaming about what our next visit will be like :) I was just happy that this go-around was light on the fish!