Raphael Restaurant

My first bite of Raphael Restaurant in Studio City

Raphael Restaurant
Crispy Baby Artichokes with Remoulade, Pepper Coulis

Raphael Restaurant
Melon and Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with compressed melon, basil seeds, lime air

Raphael Restaurant
Tuna Tartare: Green curry “glass”, green papaya, coconut, kaffir lime, crispy taro, lemon grass, basil, cilantro

Raphael Restaurant
Crispy pork belly “Panzanella”: House made French sausage, brioche, nước chấm, capsicum, herbs and pickles

Raphael Restaurant
Diver Scallop: English pea, black garlic and uni

Raphael Restaurant
Mary’s Farm Buttermilk Fried Chicken: Mashed potato, Frisée, Chorizo Gravy

Raphael Restaurant
“Anise in Wonderland” Yogurt Bavarois, Absinthe Puree, Root Beer Mousse, Black Olive Nougatine, Anise Meringues, Grapefruit Sorbet, Anise Sugar Kataifi Tuile, and Fennel Frond Garnish by Chef Kasra Ajdari

Raphael Restaurant
Valrhona Guanaja Pot de Creme topped with celery root puree, cocoa meringues, hazelnut penuche, chicory soil, and hazelnut sorbet by Chef Kasra Ajdari

Raphael Restaurant
“Broken Blueberries”: Blueberry/Violet puree, white chocolate, elderflower bavarois, kaffir lime foam, beet croquant by Chef Kasra Ajdari

Raphael Restaurant
One of Raphael’s Signature Cocktails: “Balsamic” with Ketel One, Muddled Strawberries, Balsamic Vinegar, Lemon

Raphael Restaurant
Raphael’s Vertical Garden

I’m so thrilled that Chef Adam Horton (Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, Melisse, Saddle Peak Lodge) is cooking just a few minutes from my house. His food is so beautiful, modern (Gazpacho with Compressed Melon) and comforting (Chorizo Gravy!). And if you’re a dessert fan, you’ll for sure fall in love with the super-talented Kasra Ajdari.

Read more about the the Raphael family (and look at some beautiful photos of the interior) by my friend Kevin Eats

Pairing Wine at Raphael by Refined Palate

Dining Date: 6/9/11
Shared w Peter, Julian & Kimmy

Raphael RestaurantRaphael Restaurant
11616 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 505-3337

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14 responses to “Raphael Restaurant

  1. The fried chicken dish looks outstanding. Chorizo gravy – spark of genius.

  2. I’ve been to Raphael. The food is delicious, almost too pretty to be eaten! Love the idea of the “Anise in Wonderland” I would have never thought serving black olives in a dessert 🙂

  3. kms

    Pork belly, diver scallops, vertical gardens…you are killing me!! 🙂

  4. Loved the picture and post… especially of that Melon and Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with compressed melon… colorful and unique.


  5. I have never seen so many dishes that should have been framed and hanging in a gallery. Lovely photo work, Jo. And then, you got to eat.

  6. David Haskell

    Great post. He is a talented chef. Have they opened the fine dinning side, yet?

  7. Fantastic dinner here last night. Thanks for the post…we would never have known!

  8. Noelle

    That SCALLOP!!! Looks awesome.

  9. All the food looks so beautiful! And delicious. I love the fact that they use a borage flower for garnish, so pretty.

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