Magnum Pop-Up at Royal T

MAJOR SHILL ALERT : I am David Haskell’s mother and no I am not impartial.

“This latest rendition sees Mahon using more Japanese flair with the menu. His past two pop up locations have seen their individual influences reflected in the menus as well. At Biergarten, we saw a bit of Korean, and at Pal Cabron some oaxacan show up in a few dishes.On top of the Japanese influence, a portion of the proceeds from the 3 day pop up will benefit a to be named Japanese restaurant or sake brewery in the wake of the earthquake/tsunami.”

Where: Royal T Cafe

8910 Washington Blvd

Culver City, CA 90232

When: April 17-19

Another major feature of the current pop-up is a silent auction to benefit  the Japan Sake Brewers Association in the hopes of helping the devastated sake industry.



Updated 4/11/11 to include wine pairings:

Oysters / Brown Butter and Lemon

WINE: Von Buhl ³Brut²: Riesling: Bad Durkheim. Germany

Potato Chip Soup/Ramps/ Cucumber/ Fried Oysters

WINE:  2008 Batic : Pinela: Sempas, Slovenia

Fennel Royale/Sea Urchin/ Apple Cloud/ Nori Powder

WINE:  2009 Riviera Ligure di Ponente: Pigato: Durin, Italy

CrispyTofu/SunflowerSeeds/Cilantro/MarinatedVegetables/ Dashi Emulsion

BEER:  Hitachino White

Tuna Rolls w/ Crab/ Jicama/ Mango/ Spicy Mayonnaise

WINE:  2008 Francois Pinon Silex:  Chenin Blanc: Vouvray, France

Braised Baby Octopus/Leek Risotto, Pine Nuts/ Pancetta Vinaigrette

WINE:  2009 Jean Paul-Brun:  Chardonnay: Beaujolais, France

Ocean Trout/Peas/ Mint/ Morels/ Lobster Jus

WINE:  2007 G. Rescombes ³Villes Vignes²: Gamay: Brouilly, France

Sliders w/ Grass Fed Beef/ Potato Chips/ Bibb Lettuce/ Chipotle Aioli

Sake:  Jukusie Funabuchi:  Junmai Ginjo: Nigata-Ken, Japan

Miso Cured Hangar Steak/Creamed Spinach/ Shitake Mushroom Tempura/ Sesame Seeds/ Ponzu Sauce

WINE: 2007 Eric Texier ³ LA Vaison Romaine²:  Grenache: Cote du Rhone , FR

Yuzu Crème Brulee/Poached Apricots

Wine:  D. Delecheneau Domaine La Grange Rose : Cab Franc, Cot: Loire, Fr

5 course:      62.00

wine pairing  45.00

7 course:        80.00

wine pairing  62.00

10 course:     118.00

wine pairing 92.00

To celebrate David Haskell’s 35th birthday, there will be a special all-uni menu available on April 19th (Tuesday), at Royal T Cafe. There will only be a LIMITED number available on Tuesday and it must be ordered in advance. To request this menu, please call 323-798-4648 or email

  • Uni/ oyster/ soy mignonette
  • Uni/Tuna Tartare
  • Uni Tartine/ Cucumber/ Brined Halibut
  • Uni/Cauliflower Royale/
  • Uni/ pizza/bone marrow
  • Uni/Veal/tempura Mushrooms/bordelaise sauce
  • Uni/Venison/shiso pepper sauce
  • dessert

Tasting Menu – 130

Wine Pairing – 80

According to David’s tweets, the uni menu is ” honor of my Mom, hpe she able 2 make it. shes spent 35 years making sure i’m happy. this one is frm @josephmahon and i.” I am so very touched – thank you David.

David is absolutely correct that uni is one of most favorite ingredients. One year, Thomas Keller called my husband, asking what ingredient was my favorite and of course John mentioned uni. Thomas created 3 “new” uni dishes for my birthday dinner. (I don’t have pictures of that meal as I didn’t start taking pictures until about 2 years ago.)

Some of my favorite uni dishes over the years:


MANRESA – Los Gatos

PROVIDENCE – Southern California

URASAWA – Southern California





Check back here after April 19th for the newest uni dishes from Magnum Pop-up.


4 Responses to “Magnum Pop-Up at Royal T”

  1. 1 david haskell April 13, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    IT IS FOR YOU. I know Joseph will do an amazing job.


  2. 2 lizziee April 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I know he will. I am just a very proud mother to have such a wonderful, giving, generous and loving son who is also one of my best friends. At 10:57, there should be a toast – the moment you greeted the world.

  3. 3 Jai April 15, 2011 at 1:18 am

    David’s a class act, you’ve done very well. There are very few people in this city who share the same degree of commitment and integrity in producing excellent quality service from food to wine pairings to hospitality. I know you must be proud.

  4. 4 lizziee April 15, 2011 at 7:15 am

    Jai, thanks and yes I am proud. Unfortunately or fortunately, David has been around chefs since he was a little boy – they were our friends and we dragged him everywhere.

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