Sunday, January 5, 2014

Revisiting The Little Door

It's been many years since I last came to Little Door, and their outdoor dining area is still as charming as ever. The regulars still pile in for happy hour and dinner, and Executive Chef Nicolas Peters still personally makes runs to the farmer's markets after 17 years at Little Door.

I came in the fall for a tasting menu. Preparing for the colder weather, we started the dinner with a bowl of Celeriac soup with pomegranate and shaved walnuts

Maple sherry vinegar glazed chanterelle and frisee salad
Beautiful mushroom salad, perfectly complemented by the glaze and evoking the flavors of fall.
The salad was followed by fresh, tender, grilled Spanish octopus with Pee Wee fingerling potatoes, haricot vert

Served in a tajine is the Moroccan lamb Ossobuco with quince, honey, and almonds
This seems like the perfect dish for the cooler weather. Hearty and full of spices. The lamb was so tender it falls off the bone.

Roasted wild cod, spicy piperade, caper bouillabaise broth
I enjoyed the piperade and the cod was meaty and flaky.

Farro risotto, espelette, smoked garlic infused extra virgin olive oil
Despite being stuffed, I couldn't stop eating the risotto. I've always had a soft spot for risotto, be it rice or farro, and I loved the flavor from the espelette. This may have been the table favorite as well.

A trio of desserts included apple tart tatin, a chocolate tart, and pecan pie
We liked all the desserts, but my favorite was perhaps the apple tatin, just because it's been a while since I've had one. The pecan pie was equally excellent, though.

In Los Angeles, we tend to forget about the older places, but after more than a decade on 3rd St, Little Door is still going strong and is worth a revisit.

Little Door
8164 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 951-1210
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