The owner of Dan Tana has branched out of the old school Italian with Doma, a modern Mediterranean Italian restaurant in Beverly Hills. It's a casual but elegant space with a focus on seafood. The chef, Dustin Trani, grew up working in his family seafood restaurant, J. Trani's in San Pedro. He has also trained in Europe and worked in Thailand, and he brings these influences into his menu.
He let me take a peek at the upcoming menu, which was definitely a lot more interesting than the opening menu. I ordered the Mexican Grill which was mezcal, Chartreuse, and peppers. Spicy and smoky!
After everyone else arrived, we sat down for an extensive tasting that started with some fresh Japanese hamachi sashimi, ginger soy, ponzu caviar, carrot, cucumber, scallion, sesame tuile ($18, the portion shown is for a tasting, probably not the full portion)
I won't show you everything I ate that night, but here are some of the many many highlights:
Local crispy calamari and rock shrimp, sweet and spicy Thai aioli, balsamic reduction, micro herb, $16)
Baked eggplant and ricotta involtini (grilled eggplant, filled with ricotta and basil, baked over tomato sauce, $12)
Grilled Spanish octopus, Tuscan white bean puree, Meyer lemon, roasted chili, hearts of celery ($19, tasting portion shown)
Mascarpone agnolotti, bone marrow, veal demi, chive, beech mushrooms ($19)
Our served poured us Francis Ford Coppola's Votre Sante Pinot Noir, which the table loved.
Chef Trani's signature entree is the Grilled swordfish Milanese with warm tomato salad and micro arugula ($29, tasting portion shown. Main entree usually comes with olive oil mashed potato)
I had my eyes on the uni and crab raviolo since the start. It didn't come out during our tasting, so when the manager came by to ask if he could get us anything else, I asked if it was possible to get one. They were running out but he said he would get one for me to try. Yay!
Uni and stone crab raviolo, mascarpone cheese, olive oil, garlic, chili, parsley, fresh clam juice ($17)
Desserts here are pretty interesting as well. My favorite was "Twinkie a la Doma" - a "twinkie baba" (like baba au rhum) with lemon passionfruit sorbet and passionfruit sauce.
Cheesecake with raspberry caviar and gluten-free (a.k.a flourless) chocolate cakes finished off our meal.
I had never been to Dan Tana's and didn't know what to expect from Doma (from what I heard, Doma is completely different), but I was quite pleasantly surprised by the food. Most of the casual Italian restaurants in Beverly Hills are pretty "old school" and Doma brings in a nice change with its menu and promising bar program.
PS. Check out the artworks on the wall and pay close attention. They look like paintings of dresses but are in fact composed of vegetables!
362 North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90212