Restaurant: Flores & the Ladies’ Gunboat Society
Location: 2024 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025. (424) 273-6469
Date: April 4, 2015
Cuisine: Southern American
This non Asian spot in Sawtelle Japantown has been on my list for some time.
This peculiar name has some kind of Southern history attached to it. I’m from the south, and I don’t remember.
And a cosy patio. They kept it TOASTY with the heaters.
From my cellar: 1998 Château de Beaucastel Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Parker 96. This wine performed even better than my high accolades in issue #131 suggested. The 1998 Chateauneuf du Pape is the greatest effort produced since Beaucastel’s 1989 and 1990. It reveals more accessibility, no doubt because the final blend included more Grenache than normal. Its dense purple color is followed by sweet aromas of blackberries, licorice, new saddle leather, and earth. There is superb concentration, full body, low acidity, and high tannin, but it is surprisingly drinkable for such a young Beaucastel. Ideally, it needs another 3-4 years of cellaring, and should keep for 25-30 years.
agavin: has opened back up and is drinking fabulously.
Potato dinner roll. maple butter, sea salt.
Kanpachi carpaccio. Fresno, page mandarin, citrus creme fraiche, cilantro. This is good, but I sure don’t remember kanpachi crudo on any southern menu growing up!
Grilled lamb sirloin, black lentils, lamb bacon, parsnip, carrot, cumin jus. The sauce in particular was amazing!
Whole grilled branzino, fennel, preserved lemon, castelvetrano olives, bagna caulda.
Roasted and fried brussel sprouts. sorgum bacon marmalade. Bacon made this an awesome veggie.
Chocolate banana ice cream bar, candied hazelnut, dulce de leche.
Coconut cream pie, meyer lemon curd, toasted meringue. The blessed child of of coconut cream pie and his zesty consort lemon meringue pie.
Overall, a satisfying repast.