Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Me and Top Chef Master Mark Peel
Now chefs are notorious for being boisterous creatures who don't know how to use their inside voices. After all, cooking is a craft and art form, and you know those creative types...
But Mark Peel was kind enough to let me have a picture taken with him in the kitchen of his new venture, Tarpit. Tarpit, located right next door to Cube on La Brea, is a retro-fabulous cocktail lounge and restaurant that just opened 4 weeks ago. In this age of "Tapas" and small plates I have come to expect miniscule portions and a disproportionately large bill, but the serving sizes were generous on the bar menu items. For example, for their $9 duck sliders, I expected to receive one slider, but was happily surprised to get double. The Mac n Cheese was earthy and distinctive with mushrooms and sage and arrived at our table in a cute black cauldron; and the steak tartare was clean and classic and nicely textured. They have some kinks to work out, like all new establishments, but I loved the service, the atmosphere, and the menu selection.