Haven’t gone to a fancy dinner for awhile so we decided to treat ourselves on New Year’s eve. The popular downtown French bistro Church and State had a special 5 courses menu for $60. We’ve always wanted to check this place out so it is a good opportunity. Surrounded by warehouses and located at the floor ground of Biscuit Loft, the restaurant has an un-LA vibe to it. I love the interior and the vibe a lot.
I was glad to see they have an adventurous cocktail list. Freda got the Pisco Sour – Bar Sol Pisco, Lime, Egg White, Bitters. Her associate got the Sazerac which contains rye whiskey and absinthe. It was quite potent. My husband and I got the wine pairing, which was an extra 30 bucks.
Good bread and amuse bouche.
endives et cressons – watercress, fuji apple, bleu des causses, walnuts, viaigrette
A variation of the classic combination of apple walnut salad. Crispness from the apple balanced well with earthy bitterness of the endives. May be a bit too much blue cheese.
Noix St. Jaques avec Foie Gras – sauteed bay scallops, sunchokes, foie gras, port wine reduction
Each bite was a surprise with this dish. The scallops, sunchokes, and foie gras were cut into morsels of roughly equal size and they were covered in a rich port wine reduction. You never knew what you were going to bite into. I’ve never had sunchokes before, their texture felt like a potato to me.
boeuf Entrecote – roasted ribeye cap, hen of the wood mushrooms, parsnip puree, stuffed lady apples, truffle jus
The beef was a little over cook (Jon asked for medium rare) but overall it’s a hearty and tasty dish.
Loup de mer poelee – sauteed loup de mer, salsify, leeks, shitake mushrooms, lemongrass veloute
I was getting pretty full by then (those foie gras and scallops were pretty rich), I was glad I chose fish as my main course. The sauce was light and flavorful.
Because they tried to accomadate so many people, the execution felt a bit uneven in places. But overall the dinner was pretty satisfying and we had a good time.
Church and State
1850 Industrial St., Los Angeles, CA 90021