The Distinguished Gourmand: Bestia
Did you know that my meal consumption is not just dependent on whether I’m dining with the other members of Dinner Club For Day People? I eat — usually — two or three meals a day, every day, even if I’m not surrounded by the six friends who comprise the Club. Sometimes I even hit the town for a nice dinner with loved ones, family members, and others! Sorry, Dinner Club. You don’t control my life. Except for one night each month. Then I relinquish control to you.
One of my Christmas gifts this year was a surprise meal at a restaurant from my shortlist of Best Restaurants in Los Angeles. That list includes places I haven’t yet visited, like Dialogue, Bestia, n/naka, Mélisse… as well as some places I have tried before, like Vespertine (review), Felix, Trois Mec (review), Republique (review), and Providence. I narrowed the possibilities down in the days and weeks ahead of the reservation, because anything that requires me saving a date more than one month in advance shortens the list of potential destinations considerably. When our Uber arrived outside of Bestia I was super stoked. I was also super happy that I didn’t over-eat at the barbecue I went to earlier in the day. Reservations at Bestia don’t come around too often, so you’d best believe I was going to drive as much food down as possible. Even if it meant taking home several bags of leftovers — like that time I ordered the beef and bone marrow pie from Chi Spacca even though it said it fed two people — I was going to leave my mark on Bestia. I think I referenced Mr. Creosote at least once in regards to how much I planned on eating.
And that’s Bestia! I’m already dreaming of returning, but I have no idea when I’ll be able to score a reservation. Until then, you’ll have to deal with reading more of my Dinner Club recaps. Speaking of which, I think it might be Mark or David’s turn to choose a restaurant. I should remind the club members that it’s time for another meeting…
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