Light, Simple, Fresh-Delectable food…The aroma of the black beans, a fresh stew of tomatoes and just a hint of parsley was the Sharshuka dish served in a mini cast iron skillet. Topped with crumbled feta cheese and sunny side up egg. To the left of skillet, were two slices of bread brushed with olive oil infused with Mediterranean herbs. (Picture 1 Below) As I scooped chunks of tomatoes, eggplant, feta cheese, an egg and black beans, I caught a hint of heat from a green sauce that heightened the flavour profile of the dish. For me, there were huge chunks of tomatoes and I was craving a bit more of the black beans to balance out the rest of the dish. I soaked my toasted bread into the fresh tomato stew.
My epicurean mom had the Vegetable Egg White Frittata. (Picture 2 Below) The thick egg white frittata was topped with fresh fennel, thinly sliced carrots and radish, parsley and arugula. According, to my epicurean mom she need butter with her dish. We were informed that the restaurant does not cook with butter and instead olive oil. For people who do not use butter when they cook, then you would be extremely happy to hear that information. I was extremely happy, unlike my epicurean mom who was disappointed. Th waitress offered her olive oil, which was infused with Mediterranean herbs. Once my epicurean mom took a bite of the frittata drizzled with the olive oil, she was IN AH!
Across from our table, I spotted a fresh fruit dessert. Therefore, I asked the waitress and she said, “that is our Fresh Fruit & Saffron Sabayon and it’s pretty tasty.” (Picture 3 Below) So we ordered one. At the end of our brunch, we both scooped a spoonful of the Fresh Fruit & Saffron Sabayon topped with mint leaves, infused with citrus segments, berries and tarragon, a light sweet refreshment.
Ambiance – We were immediately escorted to the section of the restaurant called the Green Room. (Picture 4 Below) From a distance it was dark because of the gothic archways and the intriguing lighting fixtures. Once we entered we could see the geometric star designs and the vintage medieval gothic torch lights. This created an enchanting romantic surrounding that could have been placed in the city of Dubai.
Without a doubt, I would go back for lunch and dinner to embrace the entire food experience prepared by Chef Brendan Mica at the Santuari Restaurant.
For more information on this restaurant, call at (323) 902-9700.
Santuari Restaurant 6711 Forest Lawn Drive Los Angeles, Ca 90068
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