Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Caviar, Shroom Cappuccinos and the 200th person to blog it: Petrossian, West Hollywood

Quite possibly the 200th and 201th bloggers to yap about Petrossian, the contemporary French-influenced restaurant and boutique specializing in caviar, smoked fish, and  foie gras (which I've yet to eat in my 29 years on planet Earth), Joan of the Hungry Hungry Hungry Hippo and I, along with our good pal, Kat, met up to bask in the BBE 30% discount glory and see what all this hoo-hawing was about.

 Opportunities arise to buy fancy chocolates and caviar

The elegant, Audrey Hepburn-esque dinning room is one of the most spot-less I've ever seen - almost a model home atmosphere. 

 I'm surprised cabernet sauvignon is not banned. Glad I didn't spill.

We started with bread and butter, which we had to ask for. It took them a little longer to warm up the bread since they only serve it per request and didn't have a lot pumping out of the oven that evening.

Bread and Butter Service

The Wild Mushroom Cappuccino ($10) was an incredibly frothy and creamy soup with a robust earthy mushroom flavor. I resisted the temptation to actually drink this, instead taking lady like dips with my spoon. This was my favorite dish of the night.

Grande Shroom Cap: Tap it in!

The highly blogger/yelp acclaimed Black Truffle Mac N Cheese ($18) with orrechiette, bacon and parmesean was gloriously rich, although I think feel we were kind of jipped on the truffle seeing other people's blogs *jealous* I especially loved the use of little ear pasta, allowing the pasta to cup the flavorful sauce. HHHH favored this dish for the night.

Truffle Mac N Cheese Tease

The Steak Frites ($24) selected by the carnivorous Hungry Hungry Hungry Hippo and Kat duo, was the least memorable. I was skeptical, of course, because I am not keen on red meat, but was willing to give this a whirl for the sake of my iron deficiencies. The prime hangar steak with pepper sauce and shallots confit proved to be an overzealous combination  for all our tastes, most notably it was the pepper that was overwhelming. The fries, however, were immaculate being perfectly crisp showing lush white potato goodness inside.

Beefy Hang Time

I insisted on sampling some of their specialty smoked salmon so we ordered the Smoked Salmon Pizzette ($26) per our waiter's recommendation. The creme fraiche, red onions, capers and Transmontanus caviar dolled up the salmon quite nicely, making every bite a little bit of under the sea heaven. The pizzette itself was ginormous and would be a little monotonous to eat the whole thing so it was perfect to share.

My kind of pizza

Loving all things pistachio, I couldn't leave without tasting the Pistachio Creme Brulee ($10) with macerated strawberries and hibiscus. The creme established a strong fresh pistachio flavor although I was a little disappointed by the small size of this $10 dessert. Two bites and it was gone.

Just a dash of the pistach

Petrossian West Hollywood
321 North Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048


weezermonkey said...

I'm going to be Petrossian Blogger #202. ;)

We sat at the same table!

Peter M said...

LOL at banning Cab. Sauv! The truffled mac n cheese, beef, dessert, all sublime. Nice to see you stretching your student budget!

Daily Gluttony said...

I think I was blogger #199. ;)

The steak frites was my least favorite dish our our meal too, but still a wonderful meal all around.

Esi said...

I'm pretty sure I'm the last food blogger in LA that hasn't been to Petrossian. Shameful since I used to live down the street (although they were closed for renovations for some time). I want that mac and cheese!!!

Gastronomer said...

Darling, red meat is good for things other than iron ;-) And boo on the pistachio dessert running $10. $5 a bite? Not cool.

Kung Food Panda said...

Sorry, you have to go to Petrossian with the KFP :)

stuffycheaks said...

Yes, eventhough you may be the 201st blogger to write about Petrossian, I never get sick of reading the reviews and looking at the photos.

Banana Wonder said...

Weezermonkey (Blogger #202) - Best seat in the house, eh?!

Peter - With all those spanking white chairs, the stain risk is high. I take all discounts and perks I can get! Holler!

Daily Gluttony (Blogger #199) - Hah and I think we had almost the same dishes.

Esi - Well I'm sure you can make all those dishes in the comfort of your own home being such the chef you are. I can just see you in your apartment smoking up some fish now...

Gastronomer - But cows have such pretty eyes! lol Yeah, shoulda gone to Scoops for pistach ice cream instead. Next time!

KFP - AKA Blogger #1-#10, YES going with you next time for triple truffle portions. How do you do it?

StuffyCheeks- Aww shucks. I promise next post will be more original :)

sku said...

Great post and great pix as usual I may just have to hit this place. Just a few questions.

1. When you say you haven't tasted foie gras, do you meat at Petrossian or anywhere? If you mean anywhere, you must correct that as soon as possible.

2. Is "Transmontanus" the new term for "domestic farmed"?

Banana Wonder said...

Sku -

Thank you for your compliments! To answer your questions:
1. I have NEVER had foie gras in my life (made the change up top, thanks). I hope to try it soon?
2. According to Forbes, Transmontanus is the fancy version for farm raised. I am no caviar expert so I didn't even question it until you came along!

Exile Kiss said...

Hi Anna,

Nice review. :) I'll be after you since I still haven't made it out to Petrossian yet. :P

Bummer about the Truffle Mac, but overall it sounds like a good time.

Banana Wonder said...

Exile Kiss - Thanks, I'm surprised you haven't made it out there yet, I'd reckon you'd be on your 3rd visit by now ;P