Vegetables with Guest Chef Jeremy Fox at Animal Restaurant – Animal, Vegetable or Mineral?

Peas in Pea Shell Consomme, Vegetable Dinner, Animal Restaurant

Guest Chef Jeremy Fox did vegetables, “Animal-style.” They were delicious.

Marcona Almonds

lavender sugar + sea salt + olive oil

If I had paid the $70 prix fixe and received nothing but a cereal bowl full of the Lavender Sugar Almonds…it still would have been worth it.
Marcona Almonds, Vegetable Dinner at Animal

Crunchy French Breakfast Radishes

soft chevre with nori + black lava salt + mustard

Cheese with a faint smell of the ocean…I had half a mind to rub some into my shoulders like tanning cream. Or maybe I just had half a mind.
French Breakfast Radishes at Vegetable Dinner at Animal

Black Lava Salt

It was salty.
Black Salt for French Radishes, Vegetable Dinner at Animal

2x Shucked Peas in Consomme of Shells

white chocolate + chocolate mint + macadamia

Peas in Shell Consomme, Vegetable Dinner at Animal

Forono Beet Baked in Rose Geranium Salt Crust

fuerte avocado + pickled green strawberry + pistachio

Roasted Beet, Vegetable Dinner at Animal

Pickled Green Strawberry

I did not love the pickled strawberry. Maybe because its pasty, pallid complexion with an eerie blue-green tinge looked all too familiar, okay?!
Green Strawberry from Beet Dish, Vegetable Dinner at Animal

Young Favas, Roasted Whole, Then Shucked

salsa maro of the pods + anchovy flavor + parmesan

“Anchovy flavor” in quotes was worrisome. And then they told us it’s red miso.
Roasted Favas Vegetable Dinner at Animal

Wine: La Torre Rosso di Montalcino 2006

Obviously.
Rosso di Montalcino 2006 wine for Vegetable Dinner

Heirloom Carrots Rescoldo Style, in Root Embers

vadouvan spices + coconut labneh + parsnip = WINNER

The first time I tasted vadouvan, I hated it. Vadouvan on Chef Fox’s heirloom carrots tasted like Christmas in spring. The wine made them even better.
Carrots, Vegetable Dinner at Animal

Heirloom Carrots

Carrots, Vegetable Dinner at Animal

Roast Celtuce Stalk & Fresh Liptauer Cheese

ruta-kraut + pumpernickel + horseradish mustard

The question of the night was “celtuce, rhymes with ‘melt us?’ or celtuce rhymes with ‘sell gucci’ or celtuce rhymes with wtfisceltuceotherthanawesome?!”
Celtuce, Vegetable Dinner at Animal Restaurant

Sweet Fennel & Puffed Wild Rice Krispies

fennel bulb + page mandarin + bronze fennel

Wild Rice Krispies, Vegetable Dinner at Animal Restaurant

Toasted Brioche & Sherry Creme Brulee

fried cornbread + chocolate ganache + shiitake

The shiitake mushrooms tasted like bacon.
Shiitake Mushroom Creme Brulee, Vegetable Dinner at Animal

Vegetable Tasting Menu with Two Wine Pairings

Menu, Vegetable Dinner at Animal

Vegetable Dinners by Jeremy Fox
May 17-23, 2010
at Animal Restaurant
435 N. Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 782-9225
www.animalrestaurant.com

Tasting menu can also be prepared vegan (we had one at our table) and gluten-free.

Early Thoughts on Vegetable Dinners at Animal Restaurant:

~ “enamored with the flavors” from a Chowhound
~ “food and service were phenomenal” from QuarryGirl

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