Monday, July 6, 2009

Petrossian is Revived. More than just Caviar

It occasionally happens that even a foodie can't figure out where to go for a nice Sunday brunch. The old places seem boring, but can't think of a new place to try. So when Petrossian came up as a suggestion, I suddenly remembered a recent article about its renovation in one of those daily newsletters like Daily Candy or Tasting Table. Perfect idea!

Petrossian is famous for its caviar, but its West Hollywood outpost has had a cafe attached to it for many years. This has recently been renovated to a spacious modern space.

The menu selection was surprisingly varied (including a foie gras salad! Hey, salad is healthy, right?), although I wasn't sure what to expect before coming there.

Besides the a la carte menu, they also offer a 3-course champagne brunch for $35. I opted for this and got a glass of Louis Roederer Brut Rose.

The first course was a choice of soup selection and I opted for the White Asparagus Veloute.
The veloute was smooth and creamy while maintaining the foaminess of veloute. It was outstanding, with a nice little onion kick. Highly recommended.

For the main course, I went with the Paris Croque Madame (Ham, gruyere on brioche with Bechamel sauce, sunny side up eggs)
Croque madame is the perfect breakfast for me. Eggs, cheese, ham, toast ... Not to mention Brioche toast here. Perfect. Runny sunny side up, nicely toasted brioche, lots of gruyere. Even a bit of salad to cut all that richness so you can go for another bite, since the first bite was immensely satisfying.

As I was deeply impressed with the panna cotta with caviar at Ludobites, and since Petrossian is known for their caviar, for dessert I went with:
Classic Panna Cotta, white peach espuma, with an extra addition of caviar ($6 extra)
Beautiful layering here: panna cotta, white peaches, topped with the espuma.
The second time I had panna cotta with caviar in a week. The one at Ludobites, though, had caviar as the main focus while here the caviar is just an extra. That bit of saltiness does give it a nice touch, but it isn't the point here.

The panna cotta was very dense and rich, more so than the usual. The white peaches were sweet and crisp, and everything was complimented by the light peach foam on top. An excellent and very memorable dessert, I would recommend this to anyone and would definitely get it on future visits.

My first visit to Petrossian was such a pleasant surprise. The newly renovated space had a clean and spacious look, and the food was excellent. I hope they'll keep up the performance.

Petrossian Boutique & Cafe
321 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 271-0576
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6 comments:

Princess Kitty

yum...... I guess that chip & salsa breakfast I just had can't compare w/ your brunch... =( okay, I'm hungry again.

Diana

I am a huge sucker for croque madames. I love the one at Little Next Door, but it's nice to know I have another option in the neighborhood. (Especially an option that offers me the possibility of panna cotta with caviar for dessert!)

burumun

PK: Unfortunately it's not my brunch for today ... now I'm hungry too *sigh*

Diana: I haven't tried the one at Little Next Door, tho I love their Crab Melt. Do try Petrossian's, and their panna cotta w caviar :)

Chris

Hi!

Thanks so so much for mentioning Tasting Table! It sounds like you are a subscriber -- so another thank you! Your blog is just great. The post is terrific and the pictures are mouth-watering!! If you don't mind and if at all possible -- when you mention Tasting Table could you link to us at www.tastingtable.com? We are working very hard on building awareness and subscribers -- and of course the very best way is having great sources such as yourself mention us -- thanks again! Hope you don't mind me asking for the link... :)

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Chris

Kung Food Panda

Mmmmm....Caviar & Panna Cotta!

Where's my invite??

Aaron

Nice overhead shot of the veloute. I haven't mastered that photo yet.

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