Preux & Proper DTLA

Preux & Proper is a new little restaurant that took the place of my much beloved Parish in a flatiron building in downtown LA. Same owners as Five0Four in Hollywood – a little New Orleans style watering hole, this is like the upscale restaurant version of it. The downstairs area seems more like a bar where you can sit and havea a daquiri and some little bites, but I prefer the upstairs where you can sit at the bar and look out the second story windows to Spring Street.

I’ve been twice since they opened in mid-December and I’ve basically had everything on the menu at this point.

My recommendations as far as food are the lobster po boy (served cold – more like a lobster roll), grilled beef short ribs, oysters, kale & quinoa, pecan pie (pictured), and banana bread pudding.

They have punch bowls for $40 that are absolutely worth the money if you have more than 2 people or plan on having more than a couple drinks. The Category 6 is my favorite (Midnight Moon strawberry moonshine, pineapple juice, orange juice, lime juice, passionfruit syrup, grenadine, Bacardi oakheart) but it’s VERY VERY dangerous.
Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Now, hop, skip, jump, and run your way over to this spot while it’s still not too crazy. K?

Preux & Proper
840 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA — 90014

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Le Bernardin – NYC

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My cousin works at Le Bernardin in NYC – a triple Michelin-starred french restaurant originally helmed by Gilbert le Coze and now Eric Ripert. I sat at the bar because otherwise the meal would’ve been upwards of $1000+ and I have yet to win the lottery. The service is friendly (even before they knew I was my cousin’s cousin) and not pretentious at all. Restauranteurs take note.

Their cocktails are delicious – my favorite being the Immortal Highlander – 2nd photo (Highland Park 12 year Scotch, Oloroso Sherry, Amaro Montenegro, Heering Cherry Liqueur). Their manhattan (pictured in first photo) came in a close second. The bar bites of popcorn, candied walnuts and seaweed covered pretzel sticks were never-ending – showing how good the service is. It’s like bottomless pasta at Olive Garden but about a million times better!

The tuna tartar (not pictured) was as fresh as ever as were the freshly shucked oysters.

My favorite of all was the Tropical Pavlova (Caramelized Passion Fruit Pavlova, Exotic Fruit Salad) deliciousness. The Pavlova melts in your mouth and the fruit salad brings together all the flavors of the pavlova, fruit salad and sauce together. Heaven is how I can best describe this dish.

Stay warm NYC.
 

Restaurant List – Los Angeles

I have a never-ending shopping list AND a never-ending restaurant list in my phone. I love lists!

It seems that there are a ton of restaurants in LA I’d like to try in the near future – especially with DineLA at our fingertips.

Here’s my wish list:

Hatfields Farewell

Everytime a really incredible restaurant in LA closes I do my best to try it one last time. Hatfields is closing at the end of this year – say it ain’t so. My last meal there didn’t disappoint. Try it before it’s gone!

hatfields1SASHIMI OF KANPACHI

Mango pulp, Persian cucumber, avocado, crispy shallot

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PAN SEARED DIVER SCALLOP

Caramelized endive, dried plum reduction, mushroom-hazelnut duxelles

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PAN ROASTED DUCK BREAST

Apple-rosemary purée, fingerling potato, pistachio-cornichon relish

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SUGAR & SPICE BEIGNETS

Venezuelan chocolate fondue, vanilla malted milkshake