December 2018

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Tesse’s Dining Room


  • By Kymberly Chase
  • Photo Courtesy of Tesse

Bill Chait is behind some of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles, including Republique and Bestia, and he’s returned with a new one, Tesse, which knocks it out of the park! Naturally, it’s a handsome place with enough midcentury style to be hip but still timeless.

The food is also outstanding! Chef-partner Raphael Francois has created a modern French bistro menu with California influences that combines a casual vibe with much attention to quality. Francois serves up French patés and duck and foie gras terrines to dream about along with yummy fat-beer battered onion rings and elegant caviar toast that is simply delicious and very popular. The salads are inventive without being complicated, like the delicious mix of kale, peaches, radiccio, corn, and goat cheese with a beer vinaigrette. I noticed that at least half the tables had ordered the bucantini with bone marrow. You will hear, “Bone Luge!” from wine director Jordan Ogron, announcing his theatrical presentation of Madeira poured down a halfpipe of bone directly into a patron’s mouth. The marrow itself has already been scraped out, tossed tableside into a bowl of superior bucatini with duck prosciutto.

Tesse is a pretty fun place indeed and the dessert was a knockout – a fluffy duck egg cream brulée. Decadent and memorable!

Tesse is located at 8500 Sunset Boulevard, Suite B in West Hollywood.


Burger IM’s 3 Sliders Plate


  • By Ashley Halverson

Behold there is a new burger joint popping up all over town and beware as it may be habit forming. You may have seen Burgerim around and if you haven’t yet tried it ~ you must! BurgerIM translates to “many burgers” and many they have! Beef, dry aged beef, Wagyu beef and spicy beef are for sure the favorites but they even have amazing choices for the non-beefeaters! My daughter is a big fan of their Turkey Burger and they also offer a chicken or salmon patty and vegetarians are thrilled that they offer tasty veggie and falafel patties.

So many choices ~ so hard to choose! Well here is the best news ~ you get to mix and match! Their signature three-ounce patties are served in combo packs of two or three burgers that include onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. Then you can totally make it your way with your choice of three buns, five savory

sauces and nine toppings! You get your choice of sides too but I highly recommend the BurgerIM fries which are a heaping portion of potatoes that are sliced, seasoned and crisped to perfection. Got some friends to feed? Pick up a Party Box of burgers and trust me you will be invited back again and again!

 For Burgerim locations and menus, click here.


Davenport’s Bar in Encino


  • By Kymberly Chase

Davenport’s Restaurant — one of the most upscale special occasion restaurants in the San Fernando Valley — sits in a Ventura Boulevard office building.

Chef and co-owner Nigel Davenport opened 15 restaurants for other people over the course of his career before debuting his own spot. Here, he has distilled an extensive food service experience into fine-dining, “greatest hits” menu that has become extremely popular with customers. I was able to try many different items. For starters, the wood-grilled artichoke was a great share. The seafood was tasty and the oysters – raw, fried, grilled, or baked Rockerfeller style were great. The tuna and salmon poke arrived in a colorful cylinder of chopped fish, avocado, mango, and macadamia nuts in a ponzu vinaigrette. The succulent, whiskey glazed Faroe Island salmon, and the impressively large grilled bone-in ribeye served with garlic-Parmesan roasted potatoes, were big hits at our table.

Thank goodness I had enough room for dessert. The banana cream pie with Biscoff cookie crust, topped with a fan of banana slices was heaven! For valley residents, there is no need to travel over the hill with Davenport’s in your backyard. This beautiful place with outside patio and fire pit is a gem. Go! You will enjoy!

Davenport’s Restaurant is located at 16120 Ventura Boulevard in Encino.



  • Photos Courtesy of EPICURUS GOURMET

A visit to Epicurus Gourmet, a hard to find warehouse filled with all sorts of exotic foods, spices, sauces, and oils is life changing.  Row after row of more than 1,000 imported ‘European-based’ products each more interesting than the next is simply a Foodie’s dream come true.  Co-founders Eric Gitter, Hillary Hirsch and Kevin Jones are the perfect guides to this culinary wonderland and love sharing their knowledge of the products’ origins, uses, and features.  The tasting bar is filled with mouthwatering samples for you to explore. And did I mention this is a wholesale warehouse – open to the public – so the prices are as attractive as the products!

What I especially like are the full range of culinary treats from the best Italian canned tomatoes from La Valle to sacred truffles (sold by the ounce, order in advance, prices fluctuate weekly).  There are dozens of oils; a variety of vinegars and mustards; shelves of Asian specialties; canned fish plus fun snacks like Iberian Ham chips! Did I mention all the refrigerated items from butters and cheeses to specialty charcuterie and patés? My all-time favorite seasoning is their Truffle Zest – just the right amount of flavor to elevate eggs, vegetables, pasta and every dish to a new level.

Epicurus Gourmet is located at 12140 Sherman Way in N Hollywood.

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