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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

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He’s Got Game.

Many thanks to all who came out to Whist Restaurant for Chef De Cuisine Chris Crary‘s special “Wild Game” dinner last week. It was a super fun gathering of carnivore loving pals (sorry vegans!), local chefs (who came to support) and of course Top Chef fans!

Each of his dishes were beautiful, delicious works of art, and I had a hard time deciding on my favorite game meat of the night. Congrats to Chris and his team, for executing the awesome menu.

Amuse: Octopus with Potato Gratin

Roasted Rabbit by Chris Crary
First Course: Roasted Rabbit, Carrot Panna Cotta, Thai Spices, Peanut Lime

Roasted Rabbit by Chris Crary
Tiny, Frenched Rabbit Lollipop

Venison Neck Loin
Second Course: Venison Neck & Loin, Coffee, Huckleberry Mustard, Crispy Shallot, Forest Herbs

Boar Belly
Third Course: Boar Belly, Root Vegetable Cassoulet, Truffle, Apple Ephemere (officially my favorite!)

Antelope Osso Buco
Fourth Course: Antelope Osso Buco, Pearled Barley, Acacia Honey, Gremolata, Goji Berry

Duck Egg Flan
Fifth Course: Duck Egg Flan, Wild Turkey, Cardamom Crumble, Cajeta Ice Cream

Chris Crary's Wild Game Menu
The Menu (click for larger)

Wonderful evening at Whist!
Such a fun dinner! Looking forward to MORE SOON!

Location: Whist Restaurant
1819 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
Reservations> (310) 260-7511

Price was $60 per person

Event Date: January 5th

All photos from the Wild Game Dinner on Flickr

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Check out photos from the evening: By Joann & Grace Park    By Nicole

Many thanks for the press!>> L.A. Times  |  KCET  |  GrubStreet  | Eater


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