Wilshire is such a pleasure to go to. Andrew Kirschner is a very talented chef whose accompaniments to the main protein is extraordinary – think the freshest herbs and vegetables imaginable. Andrew must live at the farmer’s market! Also I love his introduction of Asian elements to his dishes – there is not a trace of blandness to this cuisine. Your mouth is alive with different flavor profiles.
The service is always spot on and my many questions about ingredients are always answered patiently and correctly. We did one for 2 on all courses except for the softshells. (I don’t share softshells.)
Kumamoto Oysters Dynamite – Oysters broiled with panko breadcrumbs and topped with crunchy wasabi tobiko caviar on a seaweed salad – a one slurp wonder with varying textures from the panko, the tobiko and the seaweed.
Hamachi – Absolutely pristine sashimi grade hamachi dusted with a smear of wasabi with pickled ginger and a “salad” of radish, cucumber, red onion and gobo root
Soft Shell Crab, coated with panko and deep fried, a salad of English peas, yellow and red baby tomatoes, frisee, watercress leaves, cucumber, pickeled ramps with a saucing of white balsamic, thyme and olive oil – perfectly done soft shells with an incredible salad of the freshest ingredients.
Close-up of the salad for the softshell – look at that beautiful salad – the peas were wondrous.
Grilled Rainbow trout, sautéed pea tendrils, green papaya and mango salad (mint, cilantro, Thai basil and chili) with a fish sauce and topped with fried shallots – Again, there was a definite Asian accent to this dish that added a refreshing note to the perfectly cooked fish.
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Rigatoni with Chorizo Bolognese, wild arugula, shaved garroxta (sheep’s milk) – on to Italy for some pasta – Chef Andrew definitely takes you on a culinary tour.
Duck Breast, Bamboo rice, blistered baby bok choy, kumquat chutney and kumquat reduction – we were getting full – this was a half portion!
Wilshire is definitely a restaurant not to be missed. If you live on the Westside, there is the added bonus that you don’t have to fight the traffic. The menu changes frequently, depending on what is seasonal and what is in the farmer’s market. This is anything but boring food and I do love the accompaniments to the main protein.