Peter and I need to spend more time in downtown L.A. I can only think of a few eateries that we’ve been to lately: Church & State, Wurstküche and Rivera (which was way back in May), and I just realized that I hadn’t yet posted photos from our wonderful Rivera dinner!

We were joined by Andrew Camp, who was then the fromaggier at Palate Food & Wine. Andrew and I began exchanging emails, after he requested to use some photos I took of him at Palate for his website. Soon after, we were FaceBook pals and happily, pals in real life too.

Our evening at Rivera was excellent, and I personally felt Chef John Sedlar’s sense of joy and fun on each delicious plate. If, like me, you like an adventurous cocktail every once in a while, then you’ll love hanging out in the gorgeous bar as well. Ever had a drink garnished with finely ground crickets?

Rivera, MyLastBite.com
The Donaji, made with Mezcal, Citrus, Pomegranate, Agave Nectar and Chapulin Salt (finely ground crickets!!)

Rivera, MyLastBite.com
Progression of Stuffed Olives (Such a clever idea! Don’t they look happy?): Orange, Black Bean, Anchovy, Ham, Cheese $12

Rivera, MyLastBite.com
Tortillas Florales (best I’ve ever tasted) with “Indian Butter” aka Guacamole $7

Rivera, MyLastBite.com
Chile Pasilla Relleno  (so GOOD but I didn’t want to mess up the plate!) $10

Rivera, MyLastBite.com
(of course I messed up the plate!)

Rivera, MyLastBite.com
Banana Leaf Braised Pork Shoulder $24 (Loved the crispy potatoes) and Carne Churrasco with Cabrales on top $29 (I would order BOTH again).

Rivera, MyLastBite.comNo photograph of dessert: Studio en flan (three differently flavored flans) $8

Dining Date: 5/23/09

If you haven’t been to Rivera yet, you’re in luck! Rivera is participating in DineLA’s Restaurant Week, which begins on October 4th. Special three-course meals at Rivera are $22 for lunch and $34 dinner.

Rivera’s Restaurant Week Menu

DineLA Week is Oct 4-9 and 11-16 2009

L.A. Times Review of Rivera

For more Rivera details including STUNNING food photos, check out KevinEats

Andrew as Fromaggier at Palate

Andrew’s Blog

Church and State


Palate Food & Wine

More Rivera photos on Flickr “Chefs & Restaurants”


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11 responses to “Rivera

  1. It’s 4:00 p.m., I’m at my desk at work and I’m hungry (didn’t eat enough at lunch) — now I’m starving. This looks so good. The Latino-Mexican influences really appeal. The stuffed pasilla, the pork shoulder. Going to the DineLA site right now. Thanks!

  2. Crickets? Crickets?! How cool is that?

    I need to make my way to Rivera. MUST.

  3. I need to try the chile pasilla relleno!

    I have a picture of the estudio en flan. 🙂

  4. ila

    i went to rivera for drinks and dessert, but never for dinner… i guess it’s time to haul my butt to the city!

  5. oh i need to go here soon! might skip dineLA though, as i always seem to be disappointed with food during these specials.

  6. Thanks for posting the pictures and allowing me to remember and relive a lovely evening with you two. It brought a big smile to my face. 🙂

  7. Rivera is like my restaurant that got away. I keeping trying to get there — even made (and had to cancel) reservations a couple months ago — but I just can’t seem to pull the trigger! Your post makes me want to make it a priority before the end of the year. It all looks fantastic — really almost too pretty to eat!

  8. i love the stenciled spices

  9. Wow, I love the plating ideas. I’ll put Rivera on my list for next time. I hope I get to go back to LA soon!

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