I really won the Culinary Lottery!
On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I managed to secure a table at Trois Mec. Trois Mec means “three guys”, which is French slang for three friends.
These are not just any friends; but three of the hottest chefs in LA who are so creative, innovative and imaginative that it’s a little like ending up for dinner in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. Your chefs and hosts at Trois Mec are Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo.
Why is it a lottery? Well, they only serve dinner from Monday through Friday and they do not take reservations. Spots are secured via an online ticketing system that you log onto two weeks before you want to be there for dinner. Sit at your computer, type very fast and hope that you get a seat.
Oh, right there are only 12 seats! Not bad when I counted 22 staff serving, cooking, creating and pouring.
Now, if you expect to pull up and see a sign that says Trois Mec — it’s not there. The sign says Raffalo’s Pizza. They never changed it. So open the door and be greeted by the whole staff turning and yelling out “Bonsoir” (the fun has just begun).
Don’t look for a menu when you sit down. They don’t have one. There is a different tasting menu each night. Just sit back and let the culinary creativity take over every sip and every bite of the tasting menu and wine pairings. There were 12 courses the night I was there.
Tiny tastes that made up one of the top three meals of my life!
There were too many highlights to mention; but, the winner was the smoked and bruleed eel served on a bed of white chocolate mashed potatoes. Yes, you did just read that correctly. It was simply the best taste of the year.
Oh, and that menu you were expecting — it’s presented at the end of your meal. What a great way to ensure you will never forget your meal at Trois Mec. I’ll be planning another trip very soon because I just can’t wait to eat there again!
Taste! Taste! Taste!