The 3rd Street Promenade is not where we expected Dave Beran, the James Beard Award winning chef from Alinea and Next, to open his highly anticipated LA restaurant. However, after visiting the intimate 18-seat tasting counter, we’re just really glad he’s here. The menu, which runs about 21 courses, is inspired by Japanese kaiseki meals and the produce found at the Santa Monica Farmers Market. Dishes change seasonally, but some highlights of our meal were the choy sum with a strawberry nahm prik, a tender pork belly with sambal, and a delicate black cod with yuzu koshu beurre blanc. Several of the dishes throughout the night featured fermenting and aging, both of which are processes Beran has been dabbling with since moving out West. The beverage pairing at Dialogue plays an integral part in the experience. More so than at other restaurants as certain dishes are supposed to be rounded out by the sweetness or acidity in the wines. If you don’t want to sign up for pairings have no fear. Your dishes will be seasoned accordingly to make up for the lack of booze. Dialogue, true to its name, is about interacting with the cordial chefs and staff. Speaking with Beran, you just might learn how certain music and childhood experiences inspired some of the dishes. Maybe don’t ask why he chose LA though. He gets that question about twice every night…
Where? 1315 3rd Street Promenade Suite K, Santa Monica, CA 90401
When? Tuesday-Saturday 5:30-10PM
Style: Fine Dining
Price: Tasting menu $175
Neighborhood: Santa Monica
Best for: Dinner
This review was written by In The Loup contributor Ash Narayan, follow him on @anarayan97!