It's been pointed out that I haven't done any food posts in a long while. I'm so bad at describing and talking about food, and as much as I love eating I don't have a very sophisticated palate at all. But I do love reminiscing on meals past and remembering what I ate, and I don't want all of my efforts being an "Asian taking picture of food" go to waste, so I guess I should try to do more food posts. Tar and Roses is one of Santa Monica's (and LA in general) most popular restaurants at the moment, but it's very unpretentious at the same time which is what I love about it.
For this meal we dined out on the "patio," which is actually an exposed brick room with a retractable roof at the back of the restaurant! So on a cold day it's really just a room, but of course, being LA, the weather is almost always nice!
Complimentary cheese plate! Was so good. I think they gave it to us because we had to wait a while for our table despite having a reservation. But they have tons of charcuterie and cheese items that you can mix and match to make your own board. I would not skip this.
Lamb heart skewers. I love eating hearts in general so you don't have to ask how I felt about this dish.
Ricotta gnocchi with asparagus and lemon. I usually hate gnocchi because it's so doughy but this was delightful. It was very light and refreshing for a creamy pasta.
Duck liver pate. I'm Vietnamese so I LOVE pate (Vietnam having been a French colony and pate being the most important ingredient in banh mi sandwiches), but as far as pates go I wasn't crazy about this. It had a slightly metallicky taste and the layer of duck fat on top didn't float my boat. And I don't love the pairing of pate with tomatoes at all!
Crispy pig tails with sriracha, honey, and cilantro. I like to think that because I'm Asian, exotic delicacies like this should be a walk in the park for me. But, let's be real, I don't even eat chicken feet. I could not get over how much these pig tails LOOKED and FELT like a pig tails so I didn't enjoy this at all. Especially how tails have tiny little bones!
Squid ink fettucini. Since this is one of the dishes that yelpers raved about the most, it was quite a let down for me. I'm probably just not sophisticated enough, but I thought it was a bit bland. My foodie friends liked it :)
Eggplant. Eh. Gotta get in some veggies you know? I'm not a fan of eggplant in general. The burrata cheese was good.
Wild Pacific King salmon. I love salmon but this dish was pretty meh.
Mixed mushrooms. The cool thing about this plate was that the mushrooms came out writhing on the hot plate as if they were alive!
Duck confit....eh. I wish we had ordered the Thai snapper instead!
The strawberry crostata with honeycomb ice cream was definitely the highlight of the night. My boyfriend tends to merely tolerate desserts for my sake but he really loved this and wanted to order another which is really saying something!