Glendale >Bashan Restaurant
great food, nice neighborhood restaurant, perfect place, order dessert, warm banana bread cake, underwhelming short ribs, soo flavorful course menu
Best meal I've had in a long time.
I had heard good things, but nothing prepared me for this experience. It's been so long since I've had a great meal at nice neighborhood restaurant. By the end, I was really wondering why we so often shell out money for big name chefs with long wait lists at big ticket restaurants when there are little gems like this.
Our appetizers were the burrata wrapped in bresola meat ... yum! Creamy and delicious. Everything it should be. I would put it right up there with L.A.'s best burrata. Onto the sweet breads. Wow is all I can say. Possibly the best sweetbreads I've ever eaten. Crispy but tender, and served with great red pepper and sundried tomato mix. And I thought I was over sundrieds in the 80s! My mom, who has never eaten sweetbreads and won't touch foie gras or even oysters, LOVED it. I was in shock.
Mains did not disappoint. The flat iron was cooked to a perfect medium rare, and packed more flavor than I've enjoyed in any steak in a long time. The seared barramundi was skin side crispy but super tender.
I wasn't as wild about the seasonal apple dessert. Just didn't do much for me.
Wine list is well chosen and servers know their stuff. The albarino was an ideal pairing for both of the apps. The Super Tuscan went particularly well with the barramundi. I also like that the corkage is only $10.
Some downsides: It seems like unless you order a bottle or specially ask, they serve by-the-glass wines in these tiny, cheapo glasses. It feels a little insulting because when you sit down, the tables are set with really nice stemware and you look around and see other people drinking from it and you're the riff raff with the heavy goblet. Sigh.
Also, the location is super remote. Not really close to anything. I happen to love the neighborhood. It's very cute, but it is FAR! Parking is easy though. That's good.
I also like that it's a husband and wife operation. Very sweet.
Don't go here hungry!. Excellent food but VERY small portions and VERY expensive. My wife and I are not big eaters and are not very large people. We heard about how great the food was and thought we would try it. The main course was four bites! It was good but definitely not worth the over $200 bill for two people. We left hungry and had to stop at In & Out burgers for a double double on the way home. We are glad we tried it but never again.
REALLY GREAT food, intimate setting.
So I'm always reading reviews but never written one before, so I really wanted to say something about this place, seeing that it's still pretty new and not a lot of people have heard about it. First of all, the food is SO AMAZING, we got the 7 course menu and everything that came out was truly unique and soo flavorful. I've been to a lot of nice restaurants, but the food at Bashan really stands above the rest in quality, creativity, and most importantly, taste!! I loved the braised short ribs and the desserts were awesome, especially the banana cake with peanut butter toffee. The ambiance is really great as well-- the staff was extremely courteous, attentive and just very personable in general... we also got to meet the chefs, who were really laid-back and friendly, so that was cool. I would say this place would be perfect for a date or special occasion to take someone you care about b/c you truly get the full experience of fine dining, with top-notch food and a great atmospere-- without the frou-frou pretentious feel that often comes with other restaurants.
DEFINITELY RECOMMEND IT!
Hidden Gem!!!. Wow I had no idea Montrose was stepping it up a notch, this restaurant rocks! The place is perfect for meeting with friends or having a little one on one time, wink wink nudge nudge. But best of all the food is outstanding!! Every plate my friend and I had was beautifully presented and the taste sent me to new heights. The wine list is small but full of boutique wines that are hard to find. The service was smooth and welcoming. Better try this soon before the Hollywood peeps find it.
Best rip off in the area. Here is an ambitious chef way over his head. The restaurant presents itself as a fine and somewhat sophisticated eatery, and so look the dishes, extremely minimal, nicely presented and expensive. Unfortunately the food does not match the pretentious appearance. The "burrata and bresaola salad" (appetizer) came as a small ball of burrata, that tasted more like old mozzarella di bufala than burrata, wrapped in 2 super thin slices of bresaola on an ambiguous salad with dates, endive and parsnips($15). As main corse I had the steelhead (a salmonoid trout) , seared as anybody could sear in a non-stick pan, that was dry, over some extremely salty cooked arugula and with a little blob of something vaguely resembling a super runny risotto with pearl onions, sweet potato and dry tomatoes, of ambiguous flavor ($24). The bread was gummy and as a freebie you get a quarter of a teaspoon of chopped olives with one tiny tiny carrot juice (!!). But we did have 2 waitresses waiting on us, which I believe is what you really pay for. The corkage fee is $15. This was a very disappointing dinner: if you want to be fancy then you can't serve this kind of food: Bashan needs to do a lot of work to justify its prices . And it could also learn to use the right amount of salt, as a start. I will never go back.
Average Bistro, Typical CA Fare. Predictable and unexciting. You could plop this down in Hollywood, Napa, or Sausalito - stuffy clientele typical of Montrose, a perfect compliment to a typical CA style bistro. Good food, not great. Blah decor, very little unique personality. The duck was delicious, not sure about the accompanying vegetable or creamy sauce. Short ribs were a little dry and underwhelming. Skip the Sangria.
So Delicious, I Almost Cried.
This is my first review online, but I was so inspired by the food I ate tonight, I had to write. I feel torn, because I selfishly wouldn't want this place to become as popular as it deserves to be, because I want to be sure that I can always get a table. Yet, the couple who run this restaurant are so lovely and so freaking talented, that I would be doing them a disservice to not tell everyone I know (and don't know) that they must go there, no matter how long the drive.The FOOD is perfect. The atmosphere is indeed relaxed and nice, comfortable and unpretentious. The service fantastic. To me, though, a restaurant is ALL about the food. And this food delivers. We started with a mushroom ravioli that was soft, smooth, and elegant. Then we treated ourselves to the scallops and sweetbreads. They were each cooked to perfection. The scallops melted in my mouth. I am usually not a fan of sweetbreads, but these changed my mind: soft and so delicious with the sundried tomatoes and red peppers. YUM!! I won't order sweetbreads anywhere but here. Then we enjoyed the beef shortribs with braised apricot and cauliflower puree. The chef's taste is flawless. The flavors were so balanced and yummy. Then, my boyfriend had the much lauded baramundi (laud well deserved!) and I had the duck. I can't think of words scrumptious enough to describe it. It was also perfectly cooked, melted in my mouth rested in celery root puree which was sweet and set off the meat beautifully. I wish I could go back in time and have the first bite again.Despite being full, we had to order dessert. My boyfriend drooled over his chocolate bread pudding, and I was thrilled with my toffee cake, which was like a warm and wonderful banana bread cake in a fabulous toffee sauce.
Another review said to eat here if you are ever in the area. Don't wait. Put yourself in the area, and you'll find yourself like me: in a pathetic reverie of hyperbole, trying to think of 100 synonyms for "delicious."
Chef Nadav Bashan's rising star brings sublimely inventive New American cuisine to a chic, modern Montrose setting..
In the rustic yet stylish Verdugo foothills, this family-owned bistro is an intimate modern gem. Dark wood, polished concrete, Ikea-esque hanging lamps and artful touches of driftwood and mirrors set the scene. Laidback locals revel in having haute cuisine at their doorstep, but Bashan's cooking also makes it a destination spot for far-flung foodies.
Spring-boarding off the kitchens of Michael's and Providence, Chef Nadav Bashan deftly dishes up New American cuisine with confidence and imagination. He just might have the culinary equivalent of perfect pitch, and his seasonal dishes often provocatively contrast elements that bring diners to bright, unexpected landscapes of flavor. A sensuous burrata and bresaola salad mingles fresh and savory silken tones. Mouth-melting, unctuous braised pork belly flirts with robust cranberry beans and mussels. Seared barramundi's delicious crispy skin reveals succulent, tender meat--the Jerusalem artichoke sauteed in chorizo, cipollini and shrimp is a palate-popping sidekick.
Hits: The menu is dynamic yet unpretentious; the great service, warm ambiance and excellent value help make it a destination.
Misses: Montrose is a painful hike for Westsiders, but after traffic it's a surprisingly quick shot up the 2 freeway from Downtown, Silver Lake and other Eastside spots.
Let me start out by saying that the place is very cute and comfortable. You don't get the snobby, uncomfortable feeling you get at most fine dining restaurants. The serves is refreshing, and it looks like they are all happy to be working for the husband and wife owners.
For appetizers I stared off with the kabocha soup and with the rolls was to die for. It was smooth, not rich and spiced properly . The chef balanced out the taste with wonderfully sliced, glazed onion. The main dish I ordered was the baramundi fish, it melted in my mouth. The skin was cooked great, fish wasn't dry at all or over cooked like most places. The moist fish melted right in my mouth with so much flavor. It was absolutely delicious.
I have recommended this place to a lot of me co-workers and friends and they all come back and to tell me what a lovely time they had, and how great the food is.
This is my new little treasure. If you are ever in the area, I would recommend you checking it out.
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