Monday, February 12, 2007

A friend of mine has been telling me about Mozzarella Mondays at the restaurant Jar, in Los. Every Monday they serve a tapas style menu at the bar only. I finally made it there last week, but since we were four we were seated in the dining room. I finally got the nerve to ask our waiter if it would be possible to order a few of the dishes from the bar menu and he was cool with it. So in addition to our dinner, we had some of their mozzarella selections.

The first dish was buratta, (which is a very creamy cheese simila to mozzerella), roasted asparagus, guanciale, and hazelnuts. It was incredible; the asparagus was paper thin, the buratta which is a melted in my mouth, and the texture of the hazelnuts was a perfect complement to the whole dish. We also ordered the spicy fried egg with melted mozzarella and harissa. It all went perfectly together.

But the dinner menu was fantastic too. One of my friends ordered the iceberg wedge with blue cheese dressing and it literally was a huge wedge of iceberg lettuce covered with the dressing in a way that made it look as if an iceburg had just struck our table. I had the simple butter lettuce salad with breakfast radishes, parmesan, and a lemon garlic vinaigrette that was perfectly made. As an entrée I ordered the Char Sui Pork Chop which was cured in a light brine and grilled. Delicious. I was tempted by the signature pot roast served with carrots and caramelized onions but thought it might be to heavy. Next time for sure.

The wine list was really good as well with some finds: a mersault from Caillon, a great Rioja from Baramundi, and one of my favorite California Pinot Noirs, Brewer-Clifton’s Ashley’s vineyard pinot noir.

I think that if I lived in LA, Mozzarella Mondays at Jar would become a regular thing. I love nothing more than eating little tastes of things along with some great wine in a bar setting.

8225 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90048


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