7 Delicious Ways to Celebrate Passover in LA
Whether you celebrate at home with family or let someone else cook for your (for a change), here are a few ideas to celebrate Passover this weekend. Did someone say matzo pozole and chocolate matzo?
Larder at Burton Way and Tavern: Let Suzanne Goin cook your feast. The take-out menu for Passover includes dishes like smoked fish platters; matzo ball chicken soup; latkes with applesauce; beets with kumquats and oranges; slow-roasted salmon with cucumber yogurt; roast chicken or beef brisket; all sorts of sides, including roasted root vegetables and braised red cabbage; and flourless chocolate torte for dessert. All orders for must be placed by Wednesday, April 20, by 5 PM.
Spago: Now in its 32nd year, the annual Passover seder takes place on Saturday, April 23, featuring a multi-course menu to benefit Mazon, a Jewish Response to Hunger. Chef Tetsu Yahagi changes the menu a bit every year, but a few staples are always represented, including Spago's famous chicken matzo ball soup, braised beef short rib "flanken" with vegetable ratatouille, and roasted Moroccan carrots, to name a few. Dinner begins at 5:30 PM and costs $190 per person ($80 for kids nine and under). Reservations are required.
Taste on Melrose: There's a selection of a la carte kosher dishes available at the newly renovated West Hollywood restaurant, including matzo ball soup made with organic chicken, vegetables and fresh dill; apple and pomegranate salad with crispy quinoa and honey-champagne vinaigrette; pomegranate-glazed salmon with fingerling potatoes; and chocolate budino made with coconut milk and meringue kisses. Available April 22-30.
Bouchon: A special menu, complete with matzo, charoset and maror, is available at the Beverly Hills bistro on Friday, April 22. The three-course meal includes braised lamb shank with bulgur wheat for the entree and pomegranate sorbet for dessert. 6-10 PM. $48 per person; $20 for kids 10 and under.
Huckleberry: Pick up everything you need for a traditional dinner at the Santa Monica cafe with only 24-hours notice. The menu includes charoset with apples, walnuts, raisins and cinnamon; potato pancakes with crème fraîche and applesauce; braised beef that feeds eight to 10 people; a flourless apple honey upside-down cake; housemade matzo in flavors like olive oil, onion and fleur de sel; and chocolate-covered coconut macaroons. All are available now through April 30; orders must be placed by 2 PM the day before pick-up.
Compartes: The chocolate-dipped matzo flies off the shelves at Jonathan Grahm's chic little Brentwood shop. Order ahead to pick some up for the holiday — it makes a great gift.
Valerie: You can now also get Valerie Gordon's chocolate-dipped matzo with almond toffee and soy salt at any of the counters and shops — in Silver Lake, Echo Park or at the Grand Central Market Downtown — or order online to have shipped anywhere. It's available through the month of April.
ZAGAT | April 20, 2016