Photo Gallery: Ludo Bites 4.0's Entire Menu

Krissy and Ludo Lefebvre by Caroline on Crack

Krissy Lefebvre showing off Ludo’s newest tat, le coq.

Last Friday, me and a bunch of my blogger friends, converged on Gram & Papas in downtown L.A. for Chef Ludo Lefebvre’s fourth pop-up restaurant, Ludo Bites 4.0, which runs til May 28 but is all booked up. Anyhoo, if you don’t have Twitter, read L.A. food blogs or own a TV, Chef Ludo is a Top Chef Masters contestant and the tres beau, tatted-up French chef behind a very successful pop-up restaurant in Los Angeles.

Suffice it to say, where Ludo pops up, so do his blogging fans. And on this night it was me, Lindsay and Sam of LAist, Diana Takes a Bite, estarLA and Sarah (KCRW), who isn’t a blogger but we love her anyway. Hee!

Since we’re all foodies and couldn’t make up our minds of what to get what with our varying preference and certain food aversions (I try to avoid red meat), we settled on ordering every single item from Ludo’s menu. A perfect way to appease everyone and get a taste of everything.

Naturally there were many items that I wish we didn’t have to share like the creamy white asparagus veloute, rich ham soup, seared foie gras pina colada and the two desserts but at least, should I get an opportunity to go again, I’ll know what I’ll order for myself.

Here’s the menu (listed in order of appearance ), which changes but you can click here for the updated one. All are pictured except the baguette with honey-lavender butter, which is basically bread and incredibly yummy butter. Heh. (I want to have my own tub of that butter to use in all my meals.)

By the way, sorry for the photos. Diana was kind enough to supply some light for some of the photos but it just doesn’t compare to the lightbox, which Ludo’s wife, Krissy, said they didn’t have room for at this pop-up space.

Appetizers

  • Red Snapper Tomato Ceviche, jalapenos, red onions and Meyer lemons ($14)
  • Carrot Salad, saffron anglaise cream, pearl onions, citrus, confit, mustard oil ($10)
  • Brie Chantilly Napoleon, honey comb, frisee salad, balsamic ($7)
  • White Asparagus Veloute, mozzarella mousse, fennel, candied olive, salmon roe ($14)
  • Scallop, almond puree, pickled grapes, capers, curry oil and cauliflower ice cream ($14)
  • Burgundy Escargots, garlic flan, green jus, violets ($12)
  • Seared Foie Gras Pina Colada ($29)
  • Pork Cheek Terrine, German butter ball potato, smoked mayo and apples ($12)
  • Ham Soup, bread, Swiss cheese, radish, cornichon, Guinness ($12)

Main Course

  • Squid Carbonara, pancetta, poached egg (63 degrees), parmesan snow, sage ($18)
  • Steak au Poivre, shallots, polenta bone marrow, roasted eggplant puree ($27)
  • Monkfish, jardiniere de legumes, vadouvan ($24)
  • Rack of Lamb, fresh goat cheese, smoked eel, artichokes, potato mousseline, mint ($26)

Dessert

  • Dark Chocolate Souffle, vanilla black pepper ice cream, chocolate cream ($13)
  • Strawberry Chantilly ($12)

I love Ludo’s reimagining of food, like the cauliflower ice cream, pina colada foie gras, polenta bone marrow, brie chantilly napoleon and potato mousseline, or what Krissy called, “butter with potato.” All were deliciously executed. I didn’t get to eat nearly as much as my dining companions since I avoided the steak and only took eeny bites of the lamb (which Lindsay was in love with) and the escargot which almost changed my mind about its snailness since it was so tasty. But I was still stuffed and quickly slipping into a food coma by the time we polished off the dark chocolate mousse.

Regarding wine, since it’s BYOB here, estarLA picked up a bottle for us from Domaine LA on Melrose Avenue. The 2008 J. Wilkes Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir was a very smooth vino with hints of orange zest, cardamom and cherries. Unfortunately, it was the last bottle in the store but Jill, owner of Domaine LA, has created a virtual list of wine suggestions just perfect for dinner at Ludo’s.

Ludo Bites at Gram & Papas
227 East 9th Street
Los Angeles, California 90015 (map)
(213) 624-7272
Twitter: @chefludo & @frenchefwife

11 Responses to Photo Gallery: Ludo Bites 4.0's Entire Menu
  1. e*starLA
    April 20, 2010 | 9:25 am

    LudoBites is always fun with you, Caroline! 🙂

  2. Caroline on Crack
    April 20, 2010 | 9:37 am

    You, too, Esther!

  3. anonymous
    April 20, 2010 | 9:40 am
  4. Diana
    April 20, 2010 | 11:01 am

    Such a fun night! Twas a pleasure sharing with you — even that chocolate souffle. 😉

  5. SquashBlossom
    April 20, 2010 | 12:30 pm

    I love that the Eater article hl includes “Camera-toting bloggers finally get a name.”

    Finally. Because, like, they were waiting FOREVER for it.

    #eaterislame

    I’m glad for your pics, and mine, that were all taken quickly and politely, so we can look back on this meal years and years after we ate it! 🙂

    • Caroline on Crack
      April 20, 2010 | 12:38 pm

      That’s why I like to take pics of my food. It’s appreciating what we eat on a different level.

  6. victoria
    April 20, 2010 | 10:55 pm

    I love how you got to try EVERYTHING on the menu for that night. I can’t wait till my own dinner this thurs. I don’t think I’ll get to try every single thing, since its just me and my boyfriend….but maybe a party of 4 can do it when I go again. Everything looks sooo good. My mouth watered looking at the squid carbonara. What was your favorite?

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  8. Nomsnotbombs
    April 22, 2010 | 9:14 pm

    I love lamb, but that eel component is a little scary!

    Did you disturb all the other diners with your flash photography and your tripod? Because, you know, according to the LA times it’s what ALL food bloggers do, you know.

  9. Caroline on Crack
    April 22, 2010 | 9:25 pm

    victoria,
    My faves were the white asparagus veloute, ham soup, seared foie gras pina colada and the two desserts. Hope you have a great dinner!

    Nomsnotbombs,
    Hells yeah! Other diners? What other diners? 😉

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