Lunch at Petrossian

Petrossian restaurant is as elegant or casual as you want it to be. Sure, there’s the Kaluga caviar tasting that can set you back a few hundred of your hard-earned bucks. A pasta hand-pressed with caviar powder is so luxurious you may want to share it with a friend (it’s worth it). But there are also plenty of reasonably priced items, like the Dungeness Crab Sweet Corn Soup or Asparagus with Foie Gras Ravioli,  that cost under $20.

Recently, Chef Giselle Wellman cooked up some new dishes for myself and writer Julie Wolfson to try (gratis) on a warm, spring afternoon. Contrary to what most folks think, I don’t accept too many comped meals (my waistline can’t take it!), and always note when I do.

With so many new restaurants constantly opening in L.A., I don’t always make time to visit favorites like Petrossian. In years past, Peter and I shared multiple meals with friends and family (which we paid for in full). It was wonderful to be back and taste some classics, as well as Chef Wellman’s new creations.

Egg Royale at Petrossian
Egg Royale: Soft Scrambled Egg, Vodka Whipped Cream, Caviar $14

Caviar Salad, Petrossian
Caviar Salad: Butter Lettuce, Shaved Egg, Shallots, Chives, Parsley, Lemon, Dill, Crème Fraîche $22

Dungeness Crab Sweet Corn Soup at Petrossian
Dungeness Crab Sweet Corn Soup: Fennel, Cherry Tomato, Serrano Chili, Avocado, Lime $16

Dungeness Crab Sweet Corn Soup at Petrossian
After the pour…

Asparagus with Foie Gras Ravioli, Petrossian
Asparagus with Foie Gras Ravioli: Black Summer Truffles, Little Gem Lettuce, Truffle Jus Vinaigrette, Foie Gras Ravioli $16

Summer Berry Gazpacho
Summer Berry Gazpacho: Armagnac Poached Foie Gras, Pickled Beets $22

Summer Berry Gazpacho
Think Borscht!

Caviar Pasta at Petrossian
Caviar Pasta: House-made pasta with caviar powder, Crème Fraîche, Chive $45

It was such a pleasure finally meeting Chef Wellman. Read all about the her here: “Talk With Giselle Wellman” at Food Replubic

About:  Petrossian is a casually elegant destination for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch featuring a selection of French-inspired California cuisine artfully prepared by Executive Chef Giselle Wellman. A boutique area adjacent to the dining room offers guests a way to continue the experience at home and is an ideal shopping destination for host or hostess gifts and customized epicurean gift baskets including tastes of Caviar, Smoked Salmon, Foie Gras, and Handmade Chocolates. More info on website

Petrossian
321 N Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 271-0576

Dining date: 5/17/12

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