Colonial Wine Bar in West Hollywood is a new restaurant and wine bar co-owned by sommelier David Haskell, whose fun wine pairings I have always enjoyed in the past. The full experience here is not from just the individual food from chef de cuisine Ryan Otey (Patina, Tasting Kitchen) and drinks but having them paired for you.
The first round included: Deviled eggs, pickled jalapeno, smoked paprika, crispy bacon and greens ($5)
Burrata, heirloom tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette, balsamic gastrique ($12)
Heirloom tomato, mozzarella, basil flatbread ($11)
The next round: Lamb Meatballs with Mediterranean sauce ($9)
This round was paired with Tripel Karmeliet, a 2010 Bourgogne pinot noir, and a ginjo sake
Poutine Fried Russet Potatoes, Gratineed with Epoisses and Marscapone Cheeses, Oxtail Marmalade ($16)
Wild mushroom risotto with pecorino romano ($11)
Roasted Bone Marrow, oxtail marmalade ($16)
Lamb burger with "house spread" and herbed fries ($15)
Fried chicken "Po-boy" with harissa aioli and house pickles ($11)
The desserts were paired with Duchesse de Bourgogne, a Flanders cherry sour, and a ginjo sake called Oka.
Warm Chocolate Cake with Red Wine Macerated Cherries and Chantilly Cream ($6)
The chocolate cake with the cherry sour mimics drinking a milkshake, while it thickens the sake.
Colonial Wine Bar is poised to be a neighborhood favorite with friendly prices, great food and wine and beer program. On weekdays from 4-7pm (their "pairing hour") you can get three small plates paired with a beer, wine, or sake for only $12. It's quite a deal! Try a pairing experience then.
On September 7, Chef Walter Manzke will also be a guest chef, promising dishes like rabbit ballotine and pig head nachos.
Colonial Wine Bar
7166 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Disclosure: this meal was hosted