If you ever make it out to Montrose, Bashan is the place to eat. Then again, the food is so good, maybe you should just make a special trip just to dine in this restaurant whose bare-bones dining room is accented with whimsical touches like geometric ceiling lamps and driftwood branches hung on the wall.
Chef Nadav Bashan earned his toque working at restaurants like Michael's and Providence after attending the California School of Culinary Arts in Pasadena, and that extensive training shows in the superbly dressed plates, and the remarkable fusion of ingredients in every dish.
Appetizers are playful, like the burrata and braesola salad with tart persimmons, mixed baby lettuce and sundried tomato relish; and the New Bedford scallops with red and golden beets, edamame and pickled enoki mushrooms. Main courses surround locally raised meats with California produce.
Try the roasted monkfish with artichoke, fennel, bacon, squid, olives and piquillo peppers; the Niman Ranch pork tenderloin with carrot purée, Brussels sprouts and bacon, mushrooms and caramelized apples; or the Maple Leaf Farm duck breast with lentils, roasted salsify, celery root, kumquats and duck jus.
You can also get a 5-course menu for $70 ($95 with wine pairing), or 7 courses for $90 ($125 pairing). Finish your meal with an artisan cheese plate, and desserts like a chocolate bread pudding, peanut butter banana sticky toffee cake, or an apple croustillant.
The wine menu has a good representation of California and French varietals at a markup that is very slight compared to most restaurants these days.
Address: 3459 N. Verdugo Rd.
Cross Street: Sunview Dr.
Phone: (818) 541-1532
Hours: Tues-Sat 5:30-10:00pm, Sun 5:00-9:00pm
Type: California Cuisine