Whist Restaurant (view from lobby)

Back in January I was honored to host a wonderful Wild Game dinner by Chris Crary, the Chef de Cusine at Whist Restaurant in Santa Monica. Recently, I returned to taste (gratis) the current menu offered by Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo (Jean Georges, Gramercy Tavern).

Like most of my friends (and family), I’m a big fan of small bites and sharing plates … ESPECIALLY in such a beautiful, relaxing (yet elegant) location.

My brother Greg (who recently moved here from Scotland) joined me for the incredible dinner and we so enjoyed spending some quality brother/sister time together. Needless to say, there was plenty of eye-rolling (it was so good!) and laughing at our table. Just sitting in the beautiful, outdoor dining room… we both appreciated every bit (and bite) of the Whist experience.

NOTE: A new menu will be available after July 9th (some new items have already been added), so go SOON to taste dishes below!

Crostini at Whist
Crostini Heaven (details below)

Crostini at Whist
Uni (Sea Urchin) Crostini, Sea Salt, Lemon & LARDO. Dungeness Crab Crostini w Yuzu Mayo.

Petrossian Caviar, Egg Yolk, Cucumber Dill Crostini at Whist Santa Monica
Petrossian Caviar, Egg Yolk, Cucumber Dill Crostini

Chicken Liver Pancetta Crostini at Whist Santa Monica
Chicken Liver Mousse, Pancetta Crostini

Dungeness Crab Crostini at Whist Santa Monica
Dungeness Crab Crostini w Yuzu Mayo

Roasted Beets
Roasted Beets, House-made Goat Ricotta, Grapes, Endive, Local Pistachios

Japanese Mackerel Escabeche
Japanese Mackerel Escabeche, Tapenade Crostini

Crispy Pork Terrine at Whist
Crispy Pork Terrine, Sour Cherries, Pickled Shallots, Mustard

Lamb Kefta Meatballs at Whist
Lamb Keft Meatballs, Orange, Pistachio, Yogurt. I don’t like lamb but my brother LOVED these.

Sweetbreads, Favas at Whist
Sweetbreads, Favas, Morels, Sherry

Cured Hamachi at Whist
Cured Hamachi, Rhubarb “Ponzu”, Cucumber, Radish, Celery

Torchio Pasta, Rabbit Ragu at Whist, Santa Monica
Torchio Pasta, Rabbit Ragu, Swiss Chard, Olives, Salami, Rosemary (+ extra truffles!)

Soy-Braised Short Ribs at Whist
Soy-Braised Short Ribs, Pickled Radishes + Asian Pear

Chili-Fried Chicken at Whist
Chili-Fried Chicken, Spring Vegetable Kimchee

Potato Gnocchi at Whist
Potato Gnocchi, Asparagus + Morels

Wild Black Sea Bass
Wild Black Sea Bass, Braised Ramps, Tom Yum Broth

Grilled Octopus
Grilled Octopus, Romesco, Potatoes, Charred Wild Leeks

Scallops at Whist
Scallops, Fennel, Celery, Treviso + Bottarga Salad, caper, Lemon + Basil Vinaigrette

Chocolate Tart, Whist
Chocolate Tart, Orange Sorbet

Ephemere Beer at Whist
Ephemere Beer on a warm evening

Rhubarb Tart, Whist
Rhubarb Tart, Walnut Crumble, Vanilla Ice Cream

My brother Greg, Whist Restaurant
My brother Greg. He loves FOOD almost as much as I do!

More photos on Flickr

Whist Restaurant
Viceroy Hotel, Santa Monica
1819 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 260-7511

Dining Date: 6/19/12
Many thanks to Tony DiSalvo and Chris Crary!

About Chef Tony DiSalvo

5 Questions for Tony DiSalvo by Betty Hallock, L.A. Times

Chris Crary’s Wild Game Dinner

Follow Tony DiSalvo on Twitter

Follow Chris Crary on Twitter

Whist Chefs on Twitter

Viceroy Hotel on Twitter


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2 responses to “Whist

  1. Wow very nice, I love the different crostinis!

  2. yes wow about those crostini, everything looks obscenely delicious…

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