Restaurant: Belcampo Restaurant and Butcher Shop
Location: 1026 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401. (424) 744-8008
Date: September 2, 2016
Rating: A little flat
Belcampo has half a dozen or so locations, but I can’t attest to the butcher shop itself, having merely poked in.
Cherry Phosphate. The waiter claimed this was a real phosphate. I can’t be sure, but I’ve wanted to try one for a while. They’re a late 19th century / early 20th century thing where phosphoric acid was used instead of carbonic acid to add taste and fizz. It tasted pretty good either way.
Lamb burger. Romaine lettuce, roasted pobano chilies, & tourm, on Bread Bar brioche with fries and chipotle-tomato jam. The meat was tender and lamby but it was pretty much just meat on a bun. Yeah there was some chilies, but it didn’t have that much umph. Frankly, I prefer an Umami Burger (by a lot).
I didn’t try too many things, but what I did was just “fine.” Pretty typical modern American without much pizzaz. Call me jaded.