Certain dinner traditions have changed through the years. While formal dresses and overcoats were once the expected look for an equally impressive meal, these days, a special occasion doesn’t always warrant fancy attire. What a shame. At Patina, the traditional French restaurant adjoining the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles, high-end courses call for a welcome departure from the norm. Mid-century modern furnishings, like wood-accented walls and round orange lamps, surround an intimate room that’s removed from an outdoor patio. Opt for a round booth, and once settled, get cozy in this setting right away: a water menu, sourced globally, will be served first.
Like deciding on what to wear, choosing between the dinner menu’s three or eight course meal can seem tricky. But pick with little fanfare. Appetizers like kampachi with fennel and grapefruit, as well as agnolotti with sweet pea and ricotta, are served exquisitely on both options, and pair well with a sommelier’s choice of wines. Furthermore, foie gras with a lavender brioche and beef tenderloin with bone marrow only add to the upscale ambiance. Before dessert – which can include a lime confection made with Thai chili foam – be sure to ask for a selection from the grandiose cheese cart.
Removed from casual dining in taste and style, Patina gives every excuse to indulge in unordinary extravagance.
Photo by Todd Porter and Diane Cu.