Church and State

Church and State is a wonderful restaurant. Chef Walter Manske does the best charcuterie in Los Angeles. This is not bistro food – just bistro prices. This is a gem of a restaurant and Chef Manske is a superb chef. I am going to let the photos tell the story – everything was delicious.

champagne

BYO Champagne

 

menu

The menu

 

gougeres

Gougeres

 

butter

Bread and the wondrous Echire butter

 

cod

Fried Salt cod

 

cod with sauce

The saffron aioli served with the salt cod – the best aioli

 

white wine

BYO White Wine

 

oysters

Kumamoto Oysters

 

tuna

Big Eye Tuna Confit, Tomatoes, Basil

 

tuna on toast

The tuna confit spread on croutons

 

prawns

Santa Barbara Spot Prawns, parsley, cucumber, olives, tomatoes and dots of basil puree

 

cute guy

Our cute server, William

 

charcuterie

Charcuterie

 

charcuterie 1

Close-up of charcuterie

 

charcuterie 2

Close-up of housemade pates and terrines plus pickled vegetables and coarse grain mustard

 

foie

Terrine of foie gras with port wine gelee

 

red wine

BYO Red Wine

 

asparagus

Asparagus with porcini mushrooms and Porcini brown butter

 

pig's ear

Crispy Pig’s Ear, Sauce Bearnaise

 

egg with pig 1

Pig’s feet, Wagyu Oxtail, Lentils, Frisee, Bacon lardons

 

egg runny with pig

The lovely runny yolk

This is the ultimate comfort food, executed perfectly. What more can one ask? My only complaint is that I wish it was closer – driving to downtown Los Angeles is a pain.

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