The Distinguished Gourmand: Bavel
Ah, it seems like just yesterday our last Dinner Club for Day People meeting was wrapping up at Mark and David’s house.
Just kidding, that was in June or July.
It’s been far, far too long since the six or seven of us have convened around someone else’s table to enjoy a delicious family-style meal together. According to this website, it was in February at Good Measure. I’m pretty sure we’ve met a couple times since…but maybe they weren’t documented? I know I missed April’s meeting at some Brazilian BBQ place that didn’t sound all that appealing (sorry not sorry, guys). Maybe technically we had a club lunch meeting in Texas after Amanda’s wedding, but we certainly haven’t had an official meal in quite some time.
So it was Bavel, this past Thursday. Since opening its doors in April of 2018, it has consistently been lauded as one of the most exciting restaurants in Los Angeles. The idea here is a menu that encompasses Middle Eastern cuisine, with a touch of SoCal flare.
After our meal, Mark and David departed, leaving Nate and Kelie, Maryn, and myself — oh, and special guest Adam! – behind for another drink at the bar. This time I ordered the Amalia, a cocktail with whiskey, amaro, cacao, cinnamon, sumac, lime, and egg white. I think it was good. I was getting a little buzzed by that point.
Final thoughts? I enjoyed our meal at Bavel. And, save for the miscommunication/misunderstanding about the wine, I would say everyone at Dinner Club was happy with the choice. Certainly, there is good reason Bavel has captivated the city of Los Angeles since its opening. I hope to return soon and work my way through the parts of the menu that aren’t so Dinner Club-friendly (the octopus, the tartare, and the aged half duck come to mind). If and when that happens, I’ll be sure to post my thoughts here.
I think Maryn is next up for choosing a dinner club destination. And beyond that, it might just be my turn again. Hopefully, it won’t take another 8 months for us to convene again. The ball is in your court, MAREBEAR!
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