Dialogue This Speakeasy-Style Tasting Menu is the Talk of L.A.

Hidden behind a service door in a back alley in Santa Monica, up an elevator, and through an inconspicuously marked door in the middle of a food court is Dialogue, the speakeasy restaurant that’s the talk of L.A. The chef’s counter is the centerpiece of this tiny space, and your meal becomes (quite literally) a ~dialogue~ with Chef Dave Beran, formerly of Alinea in Chicago. Dishes change seasonally, but one course always carries over from the previous menu; elements of the meal look back to the past season and forward to the next, in a kaiseki-style format. Chef Dave is a passionate and talented cook, down-to-earth, and more than happy to spend the whole meal talking across the counter with you. You’re gonna want to get in on this conversation.

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Chef Dave Beran, formerly of Alinea in Chicago.
Chef Dave Beran, formerly of Alinea in Chicago.
Dialogue is a real hidden gem in Santa Monica.
Dialogue is a real hidden gem in Santa Monica.
"Autumn leaves" – peanuts, duck liver mousse, fermented shiso, and shiso leaves.
“Autumn leaves” – peanuts, duck liver mousse, fermented shiso, and shiso leaves.
Michael Wenzel – Furmint 2017.
Michael Wenzel – Furmint 2017.
Apple, arugula, sorrel, duck breast, and crispy leek.
Apple, arugula, sorrel, duck breast, and crispy leek.
Mushroom brownie with caramelized white chocolate ganache.
Mushroom brownie with caramelized white chocolate ganache.
"First frost on the leaves" – frosted squash blossom glazed with banana vinegar and toasted barley.
“First frost on the leaves” – frosted squash blossom glazed with banana vinegar and toasted barley.
Coconut sphere filled with crab and pumpkin seed jam.
Coconut sphere filled with crab and pumpkin seed jam.
Chinese five-spice fried walnut, celery root, white sesame, and persimmon.
Chinese five-spice fried walnut, celery root, white sesame, and persimmon.
Finca Parera – Sassó 2015.
Finca Parera – Sassó 2015.
Barbecued skate wing ribs with persimmon and cumin.
Barbecued skate wing ribs with persimmon and cumin.
Lapsang, cucumber, radishes, and ice lettuce.
Lapsang, cucumber, radishes, and ice lettuce.
Smoked date truffle.
Smoked date truffle.
Golden Osetra caviar, burnt onion apple butter, chestnut purée, lapsang oil, and apple cider vinegar.
Golden Osetra caviar, burnt onion apple butter, chestnut purée, lapsang oil, and apple cider vinegar.
Scholium Project – Il Ciliegio (The Stampede Vineyard).
Scholium Project – Il Ciliegio (The Stampede Vineyard).
Sturgeon in nori with frisée, burnt rye purée, and potato salad.
Sturgeon in nori with frisée, burnt rye purée, and potato salad.
Beef tenderloin with potato dauphinoise, bordelaise sauce, and nasturtiums.
Beef tenderloin with potato dauphinoise, bordelaise sauce, and nasturtiums.
Champagne Jean Lallement et Fils – Verzenay Grand Cru.
Champagne Jean Lallement et Fils – Verzenay Grand Cru.
Sorrel ice cream with cherry blossom green tea broth and shortbread crumble.
Sorrel ice cream with cherry blossom green tea broth and shortbread crumble.
Dialogue's infamous Basque cheesecake, a tribute to La Viña in San Sebastian.
Dialogue’s infamous Basque cheesecake, a tribute to La Viña in San Sebastian.
L.A. is lucky to have chef Dave Beran!
L.A. is lucky to have chef Dave Beran!
The entrance to Dialogue is hidden in a back alley – speakeasy-style!
The entrance to Dialogue is hidden in a back alley – speakeasy-style!

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