- 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.