Friday, July 26, 2013

Allumette Glows

Last night was our first time at the new Allumette in Echo Park. This was formerly the Allston Yacht Club, same owners, new chef.
The restaurant went through a major remodel and was transformed into a lovely, formal spot. This is the type of restaurant that is perfect for special occasions or an intimate dinner.
The menu consists of small plates that are lovely in their execution and with distinct flavors you may have a hard time finding anywhere else.
Allumette means Matchstick in French.
Lets start with the drink menu, creative and yummy. These are very creative and the ingredients blend together quite well. Drink Menu: http://allumettela.com/drink.html
Chef Miles Thompson has come up with quite a unique menu. They do have a tasting menu that can be coupled with wine, but we opted for individual dishes to get a broader experience.
They do 12 to 15 dishes per night, so the menu does change. The Sashimi was so fresh and delicious, but that was just one of the starters. The Fried Oyster with Kimchi Ranch Dressing, Asian Pear Mignonette and Sea Spinach was delicious, as were the Spicy Blue Prawns with Pork Belly , White Peach and Pickled Wasabi, Garganelli with Burnt Eggplant, Hen of the Woods,Long Pepper and Ricotta Salata. The food menu is available here: http://allumettela.com/food.html
What was once a bold, brightly colored space, has become an elegant intimate dining experience.
I highly recommend you go and experience the flavorful dishes and drinks at this lovely restaurant.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Pedal Boats Return to Echo Park Lake

Looks like the pedal boats will be back as soon as July 20th.
This from Echo Park Lake Pedal Boats Canoe and Gondola Facebook page:

Getting ready for our first trip down! We sign papers tomorrow morning, with the goal of July 20th opening. Anyone around Thursday morning at 10:30 to lend a hand unloading the Gondola?
Great news. 
Echo Park Pedal Boats Facebook Page