Location: 8500 Beverly Blvd Suite 117, Los Angeles, CA 90048. (424) 332-4082
Date: March 1, 2022
Cuisine: American Asador
Rating: Very pricey, very good
Angler is a sea-life focused restaurant from Chef Joshua Skenes and Saison Hospitality located in the heart of Los Angeles. However, in 2019 Skenes seems to have “stepped back” from daily operation of his restaurants. Not sure what that means.
The location is — really oddly — in the bottom of the Beverly Center. I loathe malls and nearly everything about them, and they rarely have any kind of decent restaurant.
Angler is basically wood fired “stuff” aka an Asador (Spanish word for a wood fire grill).
The interior is like an updated version of that SF Seafood “ship’s cabin” feel.
They have live creatures. Some are staggeringly expensive like the crab who was over $2000!
From my cellar: 1992 Coche-Dury Meursault Les Rougeots. JG 93. The ’92 Coche Rougeots is totally into its apogee of maturity, and towers above ninety percent of the wines of this vintage. It has retained a degree of freshness and snap that is fairly uncommon these days with many of the 1992s, which have aged at rather surprisingly brisk paces. The bouquet is classic Coche: ripe apples, passion fruit, a touch of grapefruit, almonds, iodine and a fine framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and refined, with sound underlying acids, excellent focus, and great length and complexity on the finish. At age ten it is drinking beautifully, with no signs that it will have any difficulty cruising another decade or more. (Drink between 2002-2010)
agavin: our bottle was like a 98, just amazing.
1999 Coche-Dury Puligny-Montrachet Les Enseignères. VM 96. This 1999 Puligny-Montrachet Les Ensegnières perhaps sums up why Coche-Dury is so revered. How did Jean-François extract such a stupendous wine from a Village Cru? It exhibits breathtaking precision on a nose that is actually reminiscent of one of Lalou Bize-Leroy’s wines from d’Auvenay. Both the nose and the palate effortlessly convey so much energy and tension. There is the depth and length of a Grand Cru with a tangy, spicy finish that urges you back for another sip. Magus Jean-François in full effect! (Drink between 2021-2032)
agavin: our bottle drank great, but it wasn’t in the same league as the Rougeots.
2011 Coche-Dury Bourgogne-Aligoté. 90 points. Well developed, floral and perfumed aromas in the direction of Sauvignon Blanc. Some toast comes in addition. Light, tight and quite tart for an Aligoté. High class, though.
agavin: this came from the restaurant. They only had one bottle left though.
2007 Vincent Dauvissat (René & Vincent) Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos. VM 96+. Bright yellow. Subtly complex nose melds Asian pear, violet, lavender, ginger, iodine and powdered stone. Tactile and dense on entry, then creamy in the middle, conveying an impression of great volume without weight. This extremely backward, youthfully understated Clos firms up dramatically on the back end, finishing with palate-saturating citrus and talc flavors that refuse to fade. One of the longest Chablis bottlings I tasted for this issue, this truly transcends chardonnay.
2011 Domaine Roulot Meursault Les Narvaux. 93 points. Punchy and broad. With most vivid palate among all village-level wine tonight. Hint of Santalum toward the end.
Ice Cold Bivalves (aka oysters and clams). Very clean and delicious.
Tai Bream Ceviche. Unusual look with the crispy plantain on top, but extremely acidic and delicious.
Lobster Toast, Coconut, Gluten-Free While Grain Toast.
Bluefin Tuna with Tomato Jelly and Shiso. Looks weird but tasted great.
Parker House Rolls and Cultured Seaweed Butter. Lovely looking rolls. Very soft and tender.
Dungeness Crab with Garlic Aioli. This crab came from the tanks of course.
Here is the garlic aioli and drawn butter.
Whole Main Lobster. “Only” $100/lb! Simply done but gorgeous.
Spot Prawns with Harissa Butter. Small but delicious.
In case you need a weapon to slay your meat.
And the bed of charcoals they cook over.
2006 Tenuta dell’Ornellaia Masseto Toscana IGT. VM 99. I remember the first time I tasted the 2006 Masseto. It’s that kind of wine. The 2006 is every bit as magnificent today. Dense, richly-textured and potent to its core, the 2006 is a wine for readers who can be patient. I love the brooding intensity and sense of gravitas the 2006 conveys. Tonight, it is stellar, but still so young. (Drink between 2020-2036)
agavin: brooding monster
Baby Artichoke with Miso and Spiced Butter. Delicious.
Angler Potato with Sauce from Sonoma Cheeses. Like everything else it was cooked on the grill. It was sliced into sheets and nice and crispy with the rich sauce to offset.
28 Day Dry Aged Prime NY Strip. NOT overcooked.
Whole Pastured Chicken Roasted in the Wood Oven. This was actually one of the best roast chicken I’ve ever had. The skin was crispy in a sort of Chinese style. The meat was incredibly juicy.
“Buffalo” type sauce for the chicken.
The dessert menu.
Chocolate Bar. Ganache mostly.
Soft Serve Sundae.
Caramel sauce was added. It was pretty delicious.
Overall, a stunning meal. I’d heard Angler was expensive, and it was, but the food was very very good. Simple ingredients but the charcoal cooking is precise and lends a ton of subtle flavor.
Our wines were stunning. hehe. And it was just a very fun night.
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