“This is the story of a guy …” said Coluche, but here they are three. One is called Ludo Lefebvre, trained by Passard, Meneau, Gagnaire, but most of all in the kitchens of his Burgundian grandmother. Chef Ludo decided in 1996 to conquer the US in search of Pamela Anderson, but quickly became the Americans’ favorite Frenchie, the star-chef they would subtitle when he spoke English. The two other dudes are the bearded duo behind the best blockbusters in West Hollywood (Animal, Jon & Vinny’s and Son of a Gun): messieurs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo. Enough said about the guys, let’s focus back on the food. Five days a day, a nine-course tasting menu which is best admired from the bar, to see chefs whisking and waltzing in this microscopic kitchen. That particular evening, the climax of the meal was a black cod with a Meyer lemon sauce, which deserved – if educations and our neighbors both allowed us – to be licked off to not lose a drop. To top it all off royally (Chef Ludo was recently Knighted by the French government, but he has always been king in the heart of his followers), the wine pairing is full of biodynamic wonders discovered by la belle Helen: no American wine, except for a few Oregonian exceptions. After thirteen dishes and a couple of bottles, one could forget the strip mall hiding behind the smoked glass door – and believe they were in France…
Address: 718 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 6-10PM
Reservations: Every other Friday at 10AM on troismec.com
Price: Menu $85
Best for: Dinner
Also, consider getting Ludo Lefebvre’s cookbook: Crave!