Zen and the Art of Fine Dining

One thing that you may not know about me is that I’m really into meditation. Between all the food adventures, I’m taking sound baths, silently repeating mantras, and aligning my chakras.

Auburn, an upscale restaurant which opened this past year in Hollywood, has a simple yet refined elegance that appeals to my zen-loving self. The modern decor is minimal with white walls, lots of natural light, and beautiful hand-crafted blonde wood furniture with clean lines.

The menu of New American cuisine lists twelve small plates of roughly equal size, from which you can select either four, six or nine courses with optional wine pairing for your own custom-designed tasting experience. Chef Eric Bost’s dishes are each beautifully composed and perfectly balanced, creating a blissful sense gastronomic harmony.

My favorites are the incredible Epoisses Cheese and Sunchokes with Seeds and Flowers and the superb Sonoma Duck Aged in Kogi with Mustard Greens and Roasted Figs. And while a dessert selection is certainly optional, I wouldn’t miss Pastry Chef Dyan Ng’s spectacularly tart and sweet Yogurt with Mushroom Caramel.

Auburn is located at 6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles (in Hollywood). Namaste.

Puffed Pig Ears
Corn Tartlet with Rye and Corn Custard
Boule with Avocado Butter
Santa Barbara Abalone with Mitsutake Mushrooms, Kabocha Squash, and Broth of Bone Marrow and Roasted Chicken
HIramasa Crudo with Citrus Fern, Celery, Purple Radish, Blackberry and Fingerlime
Eggplant charred in the hearth with Puffed Grains, Black Garlic, Almonds and Onion Essence
Sonoma Duck aged in Koji with Mustard Greens and Roasted Figs
30 Day Dry-Aged Rib Eye with Oxtail, Turnips, Nori, Charred Grapes and Red Wine
Epoisses Cheese and Sunchokes with Seeds and Flowers
Yogurt with Mushroom Caramel
Candied Rhubarb

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