I think I’ll start off by saying, “WOW!” …and I totally meant that in a good way!
There was an annual event called “Dine LA” where various restaurants choose to participate. The basic explanation of this event is basically the restaurants will make a course out of some selected items from the menu for a discounted price. あさちゃん, friends of mine and myself chose to Maison Akira.
S & D both have been to Maison Akira before, but never came for dinner. They’ve done the Sunday brunch, so they more or less had an idea on what to expect. あさちゃん and I however were total noobs. After deciding, the food promptly came after.
It started out with chawanmushi (steamed egg custard) that came in what looked like a shot glass
…and it was YUMMY!
Next came (what I ordered) the appetizer portion of the meal, Grilled Duck Foie Gras and Poached Free Range Egg on Toasted Brioche in a Port wine Truffle Sauce….
I have to give it an F…………..
….for FANTASTIC! No words to describe it……simply delicious!
あさちゃん got the Oyster Flan in a Pernod Sauce and Topped with Ikura Caviar
We loved it, but I highly recommend it to seafood lovers. We both said “it’s very seafood” to describe it, but it’s not exactly fishy.
Next up was the entree: Angus Beef Château Steak in a Cabernet & Béarnaise Sauce with Gratin of Potato & Oyster Mushroom Sympatic.
The texture was perfect! The seasoning was PERFECT…no extra sauce was necessary. I think its the Japanese way to not have foods over-powered by sauces so that one can truly enjoy the natural taste of the ingredient. It was SUPERB!
あさちゃん had the Duo of Miso Marinated Chilean Sea Bass & King CrabRavioli in a Lobster Emulsion
This one is what Maison Akira is pretty known for and was said that when the emperor of Japan came to visit, he ordered this. I wish I ordered this as well so I can feel like an emperor!
As much as I liked my steak, the chilean sea bass was a total knock out! PERFECT TASTE! Next time I will totally order it!
By this time, I was satisfied and getting ready to go to sleep then the waiter comes back with my dessert (which I almost forgot about).
Warm Apple Tarte with Caramel Sauce & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Chef Akira went to study in France not only for food but desserts as well. Needless to say, he’s pretty much perfected it. I was STUFFED already, but still had to eat my delicious apple tart with ice cream. SOOOOO GOOOD!
It’s a good thing あさちゃん got different items than I did so we were able to try different things. She got the île Flotante in a Vanilla Cream Anglaise …which I didn’t order because I had no idea what it was. Even when we asked the waitress, I don’t think I fully grasped the idea, so I went for something safe instead.
It was good, but not my cup of tea. The vanilla sauce tasted good…I could have poured it over my apple tart…that would’ve tasted good! haahha
We all went home very FULL and very satisfied. The best part was that we had ordered a VERY good bottle of wine and drank it all, but I guess somebody forgot to put it on our bill! Good wine tasted even better!