Downtown's Cafe Pinot has announced Joe Vasiloff as their new head chef. Chef Vasiloff has worked with the Patina Group since 2011, most recently opening the Wine Bar at the Hollywood Bowl. Before that, he's also worked at Bouchon and Animal.
I recently went to a lunch tasting, sampling some of his menu offerings.
Soup du Jour: Chilled heirloom tomato soup, bluefin crab salad, old bay and cheddar crackers
Burrata salad, mixed stone fruits, honeycomb, mint, smoked sea salt, mache, marcona almonds, candied lime
Local halibut crudo, chilled watermelon, soy caramel, caviar lime, serrano chili, black sesame crunch, citrus salt, basil seeds
Pan-seared Idaho trout, marble potatoes, sunchokes, skordalia, dukkah and almond spice, chips
Coffee-rubbed baby back ribs, frisee and fingerling potato salad, shaved celery, Tabasco remoulade, garlic chips
Fried buttermilk chicken sandwich, brioche bun, green tomatillo relish, jalapeno, carrot, savoy cabbage coleslaw, sliced avocado
If you didn't know before, Cafe Pinot is in the same complex as the Public Library and you can park at the library's parking structure for a reduced rate ($5 or $6, I forget) for two hours. Since our 2 hours was coming up, the restaurant brought out a quick dessert with strawberries, some sort of crumbles, and a refreshing lime sorbet.
It was hot on that summer day, but this cold ginger lemonade really helped.
Cafe Pinot is one of the best places to dine outdoors in downtown LA, where you can also see the fountain in front of the downtown Public Library from some seats.