Dinner at Enrique Olvera’s Damian at Los Angeles Arts District
Michelin-starred chef Enrique Olvera from Mexico City, whose restaurant Pujol in Mexico City was named the best restaurant in North America by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants group, opened his long awaited restaurant on October 21, 2020. Olvera brought on Jesús Cervantes (from New York City’s Atla) as his chef de cuisine. Together, they’re serving up street food and other comfort dishes that you may get while travelling through Baja California, utilizing California ingredients from local farmers and farmers markets. The result is really delicious food accompanied by a variety of salsas that really amplify or compliment the dish.
Damian, 2132 East 7th Place, Los Angeles, California 90021, damiandtla.com Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
For Reservations: https://www.damiandtla.com/#/form-reservations Located across the street from Bestia, but next door to HD Buttercup. Valet Parking, $9.00. Limited street parking.
NOTE: There will be an added 4% charge to the check to cover healthcare insurance costs for the entire staff.
There is a separate liquor menu which I didn’t get pictures of.
TORTILLA CHIPS WITH EGGPLANT PASTE (above left)
KIM CHEE MARTINI, Gin, Habanero Distillate, Sherry, Vermouth, and Kim Chee Garnish (above right)
ROCKFISH CEVICHE, Salsa Mexicana, Olive Kosho, served with blue corn tostadas
UNI TOSTADA, Caesar salad, Parmigiano, Avocado
FISH TARTARE TOSTADA, Avocado, Furikake
TLAYUDA, Blue Shrimp, Queso Fresco, Zucchini
TAMAL DE ELOTE, Queso Fresco, Chicatana Ant (2 orders pictured above)
PIPIAN VERDE, Mushroom, Chochoyota, Hoja Santa
CARNE ASADA, Chile Relleno, Taboule
SPINY LOBSTER, Frijoles Puercos, Fried Rice, Flour Tortillas
ALBACORE CARNITAS, Salsas
BANANA LEAF FLAN (Sesame, Caramel). The FLAN was so smooth and silky, and not too sweet, allowing you to easily taste the sesame and caramel flavors (top left picture)
HIBISCUS MERINGUE (Pomergranate) (Middle left photo)
CHAMOMILE SOFT SERVE (Honey, Bee Pollen, Basalmic) (Upper Right)