Wilshire Restaurant

Kale Salad with Burrata
Wilshire Restaurant
2454 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica

Type: Restaurant
Category: Lunch, Dinner, Bar, Happy Hour
Company: Pretty people. Hungry people. Party people. Families. The whole caboodle!
Tip: You must get the Sticky Toffee Pudding. In fact, get more - one won't ever be enough...

You've probably seen Wilshire Restaurant for some time now, as it's next to The Charleston (where I have the Sallie Unswined cocktail) - but you probably didn't know that it's owned by the La Vecchia restauranteur and is run by executive chef Nyesha Arrington (Season 9, Top Chef). Nyesha's mother is Korean, so you'll find a few asian twists to Wilshire's predominately seasonal and American menu.

Steak Tartar
Tip: Best outdoor atmosphere in Santa Monica. Reminds me of Primitivo - fairy lights wrapped around trees, a roaring propane fire, gigantic heat lamps, and a multi-dimensional layout that promises a different experience from every angle.

1. Steak Tartar with arugula, quail egg
2. Kale salad
3. Braised Short Rib
4. Filet Mignon
5. Truffle Fries
6. Sweet Potato Gratin
7. Sticky Toffee Pudding
Truffle Fries & Gratin

As mentioned, you must get the Toffee Pudding - it's light, eye-rollingly delicious, and the product of a few years in the making (says Chef Arrington). Also perfected was the Filet Mignon and the Truffle fries. Spectacular presentation went to the Kale salad, and of course - the entire backyard decor.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

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