Later, sushi--Crudo is the new raw fish dish.
5 uncooked fish preparations even better than our Japanese favorite
Sure, sushi and sashimi are the cat’s pajamas. But these days, we’re opting instead for another raw fish dish: crudo. In case you don’t know, crudo (“raw” in Italian) is the way Italians eat their fresh, uncooked fish: thinly sliced and drizzled with olive oil, an acid (for example, lemon) and accented with seasonings. And it’s popping up on menus across Los Angeles.
Butchers & Barbers
This American bistro’s Kampachi crudo is served with lemon, chives, cilantro, olives and a surprise ingredient, pluots (the plum-apricot hybrid).
6531 Hollywood Blvd.; 323-461-1464 or butchersandbarbers.com
This Cal-Ital gem has a whole crudo bar and offers a weekday “crudo hour” from 6 to 8 p.m. when the seasonal and local selections are just $6 each. Don’t miss the new salmon crudo with spring pea vinaigrette, mint and pancetta dust ($12) or halibut with strawberries, pickled shallots, chiles and frisee ($14).
300 S. Doheny Dr.; 310-860-4000 or culinarestaurant.com
Blue Plate Oysterette
At this beach-chic eatery known for its California-inspired takes on traditional New England seafood, chef Paolo Bendez`u prepares a crudo starter ($15) that changes daily and uses locally sourced fish and seasonal ingredients. Newly available: a diver scallop crudo with avocado, persimmon, orange, infused oils and micro spring flowers.
8048 W. Third St.; 323-656-5474 or blueplatesantamonica.com
New executive chef Michael Magliano (formerly of Animal and Son of a Gun) brings nuance and mastery to the crudo on the restaurant’s all-day menu. The hamachi crudo with heirloom radishes and passion-fruit vinaigrette is delicious to eat in the picturesque garden setting overlooking the Sunset Strip.
9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; 310-432-9200 or sohohousewh.com
Among chef Bruce Kalman’s seasonally inspired dishes is a yellowtail crudo with pickled green almonds, Meyer lemon and bottarga ($24). True to Kalman's commitment to celebrating (and respecting) the freshness of local ingredients, the Santa Barbara-sourced fish will appear on the menu pending market availability.
37 E. Union St., Pasadena; 626-795-5841 or unionpasadena.com