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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