Somni The Best Tasting Menu in L.A. From Former El Bulli Chef

There’s no greater joy than traveling to eat at the world’s best restaurants, and then returning to your hometown to find one of the restaurants is right on your own doorstep. Our recent meal at Somni, the new 10-seat chef’s counter restaurant from chefs Aitor Zabala and José Andrés, is further proof that L.A.’s restaurant scene is up to par with European fine dining standards. Chef Aitor has taken his Spanish heritage and experience working at El Bulli and combined it with the flavors of California to create an absolute masterpiece. Everything was perfect, from presentation, to texture, to flavor – this was one of our favorite meals this year. Take, for example, the shiso tartare, one of our favorite bites of the evening – a tempura fried shiso leaf topped with dry-aged strip loin tartare and covered in borage flowers. It’s all in the details.

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Chef Aitor Zabala plating in the open kitchen.
Chef Aitor Zabala plating in the open kitchen.
Somni was awarded two Michelin stars in 2019.
Somni was awarded two Michelin stars in 2019.
Trufflecini – feuille de brick with creme fraiche, porcini powder, and black truffle.
Trufflecini – feuille de brick with creme fraiche, porcini powder, and black truffle.
"Pizza margherita" – tomato meringue, burrata, tomato, basil, oregano powder, and red chili.
“Pizza margherita” – tomato meringue, burrata, tomato, basil, oregano powder, and red chili.
Ensaïmada – pastry with porcini mushrooms, caramelized onions, and pork fat, served with parmesan butter.
Ensaïmada – pastry with porcini mushrooms, caramelized onions, and pork fat, served with parmesan butter.
White asparagus, hearts of palm, smoked trout roe, and house-made almond milk.
White asparagus, hearts of palm, smoked trout roe, and house-made almond milk.
Somni's house-made juice is meant to resemble the flavors in the wine pairing.
Somni’s house-made juice is meant to resemble the flavors in the wine pairing.
Focused chefs at the pass.
Focused chefs at the pass.
Kohlrabi and tear drop peas with black winter truffles.
Kohlrabi and tear drop peas with black winter truffles.
Spanish turbot wing glazed in teriyaki sauce.
Spanish turbot wing glazed in teriyaki sauce.
Somni's small, 10-seat chef's counter is located inside The Bazaar by José Andrés.
Somni’s small, 10-seat chef’s counter is located inside The Bazaar by José Andrés.
Fresas con nata – strawberry ice cream, strawberry gummies, and strawberry consommé.
Fresas con nata – strawberry ice cream, strawberry gummies, and strawberry consommé.
Cheesecake bomb – apple meringue with cheesecake filling.
Cheesecake bomb – apple meringue with cheesecake filling.
Pina colada – coconut ice cream, compressed pineapple, hazelnut cake, lime cookie.
Pina colada – coconut ice cream, compressed pineapple, hazelnut cake, lime cookie.

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