By: Megan Wieczorek Ideally located in the heart of the Sunset Strip, BLT Steak is a respite from the surrounding bustle of Los Angeles. Greeted by rows of stylish Macassar ebony tables and richly hued caramel booths, I visited BLT Steak for the restaurant’s media dinner last week.
The 6-course culinary extravaganza was prepared by Executive Chef Joshua Gil, the dynamic, refreshingly genuine master of the kitchen. “I’m driven by what’s fresh and available—I love taking people out of their comfort zone with food.”
Fresh indeed, this first course of Tuna Tartare was beautifully plated and intricately complemented by fresh avocado and a tangy soy lime vinaigrette.
Next, we had the opportunity to try BLT Steak's signature popover. The perfect consistency, this popover was light and fresh, flaky and buttery...no wonder they're famous for their popovers here!
The second course offered a vibrant Potato and Watercress Bisque, which was as colorful as it was delicious. The Oyster Meatball had a delightfully smoky flavor with olive oil infused with charred wood.
Inspired by the idea of a deconstructed cheeseburger, course three consisted of Beef Carpaccio with cheese fondue, pickled onion and house-made mushroom ketchup. Topped with potato cubes, this new take on the “cheeseburger and fries” was innovative and a great tribute to the American classic.
The tender and flaky Grilled Branzino with glazed artichokes and parsley comprised the tasty and light fourth course.
The fifth course brought cuts of BLT’s prized Wagyu. Set on a bed of roasted brussel sprouts, this skirt steak, with horseradish and a red wine reduction, was amazingly tender and flavorful—the way beef really should be.
The swoon-worthy dessert course was a Flourless Chocolate Cake with pistachio sponge cake, blood orange glass and coffee ice cream.
This sampling provides a great glimpse of the kind of superb fare that BLT Steak serves. The dinner menu offers a spectrum of comfort food favorites and steakhouse classics that definitely deserve a try. If you’re in the market to save a few dollars, BLT Steak’s happy hour Tues-Sat from 5-7 is a great option. Their “5 for 5” menu features 5 food items and 5 drinks for $5, including delicious dishes like Gruyere Mac & Cheese and Short Rib Grilled Cheese. I tried the 120 Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, featured on the happy hour drink menu, and both were good wines at a great value.
With a charm and character all its own, BLT Steak is a must-stop along Sunset Blvd. And if you're willing to splurge a bit...I can tell you that the flavor and juiciness of the Wagyu might change your steak standards forever!