At least with the impending foie gras ban, there are many more chances to indulge in foie at numerous restaurants in Los Angeles until then. Takami Sushi and Robata in downtown LA also has a rotating foie gras special until July 1. I was recently invited a tasting of the foie dishes paired with Montes wines from Chile, hosted by Takami and Montes Wines. Chilean wines are much more affordable than the European or Californian counterparts. Before the dinner we were served a crisp and refreshing Montes Chardonnay that runs about $11 a bottle.
The first course was a Vichyssoise of foie gras
Naturally the soup was rich and smooth. It was topped w seared foie, which was a bit gritty.
The soup was paired with a 2011 Montes Cherub Rose of Syrah
The richness of the soup and the acidity of the wine neutralized each other nicely.
Seared foie gras, caramelized mango, rose reduction.
Paired with 2010 Montes Alpha Chardonnay
Braised daikon, foie gras w shallot butter broth, paired with 2010 Montes Alpha Pinot Noir
Next: Nigiri of Ahi tuna and foie gras with eel sauce
foie gras sushi before, but not tuna sushi further topped with foie! Double the rewards.
This was paired with the only California wine of the night, 2007 StarAngel by Montes, Syrah, Paso Robles.
The last savory course was a filet of beef and foie gras with black truffle in veal stock reduction.
Paired with 2009 Montes Alpha Carmenere
The final course was a couple of Foie gras truffles, fresh berries, and butter wafer, paired with their dessert wine: a 2010 Montes Late Harvest Gewurtztraminer
The foie gras dishes will rotate in and out of the menu at Takami until the ban on July 1st, so get them while you can!
Takami Sushi and Robata
811 Wilshire Boulevard #2100
Los Angeles, CA 90071