Friday, May 14, 2010

LudoBites 4.0

I don't tend to flock to things that are hip and happening, mostly because of limited energy and funds. But, sometimes, it happens by accident. Other times, it's fate. One night, I thought about it was too bad that I never got my act together enough to go to LudoBites (getting reservations isn't for the faint of heart nor those who aren't on the web minute-by-minute). The next morning, I got an email from Rants and Craves seeing if I was free to go to LudoBites! And the rest is history.

My other two dining companions for my first taste of Ludo's food were The Truck Chaser and Weezermonkey. A lovely group of ladies to consume butter with, non?

Ludobites paris ham soup
Paris ham soup: unreal. Ludo's take on ham and cheese means utter decadence with Guiness foam and cornichons thrown in for balanced hot-damn-goodness. My (savory) personal favorite of the night. I'll get to dessert in a minute.

Ludobites asparagus veloute
White asparagus veloute: We missed the part about this dish being cold. Still, a delicate yet sexy way to highlight white asparagus. And yes, that salmon roe is beckoning you right now.

Ludobites croque monsieur
Foie gras black croque monsieur: are you kidding? Wonderful.

Ludobites Squid carbonara
Squid carbonara: who needs pasta when you've got tender squid? I really enjoyed this interpretation, especially with the poached egg.

So, my pictures stop here because of lighting issues. You can check out Weezermonkey's LudoBites post here, chock-full of gorgeous photos per usual.

Now, I must tell you about dessert: my very first chocolate souffle. Pertinent background information: my dessert experience is limited because I don't really care about ending meals on a sweet note. If it's there, I'll eat it, of course (I'm not monastic about sugar, trust me). Now, back to the souffle. I took one bite and everything fell away for a split second. That good. Only the French could have concocted a billowy puff of a dessert that holds a slightly gooey chocolate heart. Souffle, je t'aime.

I'm now going to be chasing the dragon on this front, but I will take on that challenge gladly. Thank you to Ludo for giving me such a special food memory.

And of course, thank you to Rants and Craves, my LudoBites fairy godmother! I had the best time and it's times like these that I thank my lucky stars that I live in LA. Magic can happen anywhere, but living in a city like ours serves up possibilities on a silver platter quite often.

LudoBites 4.0 (through May 28)
Gram and Papas
227 East 9th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015


Daily Gluttony said...

Yay! So glad to have been your LudoBites Fairy Godmother!!! Such a great time sharing delcious food w/ you guys! We have to do it again soon!

weezermonkey said...

I'm so glad the four of us did this! Our grand master plan of eating together at least once a month is coming to fruition. :)

I think your photos are pretty good -- huzzah for our window. If you'd like to steal a souffle pic, please feel free. Nice to have a visual for your incredible description!

food je t'aime said...

Love the "Soufflé, je t'aime" ;)
Glad you also got to experience LudoBites!

bagnatic said...

the meal sounds wonderful...mmmm. and your souffle cherry was popped :0

Esi said... of these days I WILL make it to LudoBites.

Marie said...

DG: You heard me across the universe! :P Yes, let's meet up again very soon!

Weezermonkey: I agree, we are off to an excellent start! So lovely of you to offer your picture; I may keep this in mind the next time I'm resigned to no photos after the sun sets. :P

Food Je T'aime: Thanks for stopping by! Lucky girl, you got to try so much of his food!

Bagnatic: Ha! Now, I need to try macarons!

Esi: If I can do it, you can do it! :)