Taro and I go out for quick bites, but not for longer dinners like before. So it was definitely nice to get together with some friends for a special, unforgettable meal at Son of a Gun. Since the ban on foie gras takes into effect on July 1st, Son of a Gun worked with Ludo in order to create a 6-course menu showcasing foie gras. To say that it was amazing is an understatement. There were creative dishes plated beautifully, a balance with wine pairings – and delicious cocktail pairings, especially that one yuzu-inspired one -, great service, and wonderful company! If I am going to spend a night away from Emi, this is how I want to do it.
Foie Gras Chantilly, Crab, Radish Gelee, Tasco May, Lime (Ludo).
This was definitely my favorite dish! Jerk Foie Terrine, Smoked Salmon Roe, Blueberry, Pancakes, Maple Cream (Son of a Gun).
Poached-Roasted Foie Gras, Blue Fin Tuna, Rhubarb, Strawberry (Ludo) and “Eel & Avocado Roll”: Smoked Foie Gras, Carolina Gold Rice (Son of a Gun).
Taro said this dish smelled like Japan. When I closed my eyes, it brought me back to the splendid cherry blossoms. I love how food can bring upon and create memories. Dashi Braised Foie Gras, Tokyo Turnips, Roasted Carrot, Favas, Uni (Son of a Gun).
Roasted Escolar, Truffled Potato, Corn, Foie Gras Chicken Jus (Son of a Gun) and Foie Gras Panna Cotta, Caramel, Caviar (Ludo).
We were lucky enough to go into the kitchen and take a photo with the chefs!
What makes good food even better is the company. And really there is no better company than our friends, Randy and Donniel. We love sharing restaurant finds and enjoying food together. Whether it is breakfast at Richard Walker’s, pizza at Mozza, pasta at a tiny Italian joint, dessert at a top secret location, or Donniel’s bulgogi tacos, all of us love food and just enjoy spending time together. So of course, Taro and I had to take the two of them to Maison Akira, a hidden gem in Pasadena. It was a wonderful two hours spent with a lovely couple and we were so glad that they loved the place! I especially loved the fact that Randy discovered that he did like fois gras – Animal, perhaps???
I am excited for this weekend because Randy and Donniel are going to take us to their favorite Korean hotpot place. It’s going to be perfect for what looks to be like a rainy weekend!