Thursday, January 19, 2012

dinner at little bear

Beer is the word these days. There are beer societies, beer trading, talks of homebrewing, purchasing of books for aforementioned homebrewing, and beer marshmallows.

Oh and, of course, plenty of beer consumption.

We're going to Europe for 2 months this upcoming Summer. I can hardly contain my excitement!! Out of our 8 (currently planned) destinations, 5 of these cities are known for their beer history and tasty brews. I think Josh stealthily planned this. Technicallllyyyyy, I planned the entire itinerary. But I think there was some subconscious persuasion on his part. How else did we end up flying to 5 of the world's beer capitals?!

A new Belgian restaurant opened up in Downtown serving up a variety of delicious Belgian beer. So it would be only appropriate that we found ourselves dining and drinking there this past weekend.

I tend to go for the Sour or Hefs, so I stuck with a Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge for the evening. Cherry and tart. I was happy.

We sat down for a late dinner with some friends and ordered up a few dishes to share.

(belgian fries with ketchip and garlic aioli)

Fried crispy with a deliciously savory dipping sauce. A perfect starter to munch on with our beers.

(liegeoise salad)

Lots of fun textures from the crispy radish, snap of the green beans, and frisee. (What, exactly, would you describe the texture of frisee as? Fuzzy??). The vinaigrette was bright and pungent, which complimented the pancetta and buttery potatoes.

(pork belly sliders)

The sliders are serve on sliced open gougeres - essentially oversized cheese puffs. There's three options for sliders (fried oysters, pork belly, or confit of duck). I've read that all three are wonderful. We loved our pork belly choice.

 (mushrooms and savory cake)

Simple, yet high quality. A variety of mushrooms cooked in cream and wine served over polenta. Oh and then more truffle oil. Just to up the decadence factor.

Little Bear promises a constantly changing menu of Belgian beer. I know we'll back to get our beer fill (especially since we just can't seem to keep beer of our mind). Oh, and there's this whole Liege Waffle with strawberries and whipped cream on the menu. Yeah, we'll be getting that.

Little Bear
1855 Industrial Street
Los Angeles, CA
Mon - Sun: 5pm -2am (kitchen closes at 10pm)

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