716 N. Highland Ave,
Hollywood, CA 90038
Hidden inside of a building that still hangs the pizza sign from the previous owner is Trois Mec. It took me a while to find it, not knowing that there wasn’t big Trois Mec sign on the door but this made the experience the more interesting. It felt like you had to be a real foodie to find the restaurant. Here’s another tip. If your reservation is for 8 pm, you won’t be seated until 8 pm. They time their meals so the people who made their reservations for 6 pm don’t finish until right before 8.
The entire dining experience was phenomenal so I’m just going to jump right into the highlights.
Happy Eating List:
Avocado on sushi rice with salt cod cream, lime and cilantro:
This was the first course that started the meal and it was a mix of heaven and bliss all in the same bite. It was my first time tasting rice mixed with cod cream. Along with the soft texture of the avocado, it was a bite of all things smooth. The slight hint of lime juice gave it a subtle refreshing aftertaste.
Beef Carpaccio with grilled yogurt, fermented black walnut and caramelized eggplant:
First off, what is grilled yogurt? I can tell you now that it did not have the burnt, charcoal taste that I expected. Instead, I thought it was a great addition to the dish. I’m always most impressed with chefs who create dishes using ingredients that I normally dislike to eat. The Beef Carpaccio dish is an example of that. I tend to avoid all things eggplants when I eat but this was a pleasant surprise. I actually enjoyed the eggplants in this dish. So there, enough said. I loved it.
Potato pulp with brown butter, bonito, onion soubise and salers:
At first glance, you’d think it was macaroni. After the first bite, you’ll realize it’s actually potato. Very rich, creamy. The bonito added some really nice flavors to the potato. This is also one of Trois Mec’s signature dishes. Only thing that I didn’t like about this dish is that all the potato will fill you up fast. Remember that you have more courses coming up!
Barbecued Carrots with Orange Curry and Sour Cream:
I had this option instead of the lamb that was originally on the menu since I’m not a big fan of lamb. After this dish, I will never look at carrots the same way again. Chef Ludo is really skilled at turning such simple ingredients into a fine, elegant dish that is rich in flavors and very, very visually pleasing.
Truffle grilled cheese sandwich with buttermilk sauce and campfire ice cream:
Wow. This $9 supplement is worth your money. Again, Chef Ludo turned the ordinary grilled cheese sandwich into something unique. My ice cream actually melted a little by the time I took the picture, which explains why the dish looks the way it does in my picture.
Well, that’s it from me. Unlike other fine dining experiences, I thought that a meal at Trois Mec was decently priced, especially for the quality of the food and service you receive as well as the truly unique tasting experience.
I do look forward to getting my golden ticket to Trois Mec again early Friday mornings and trying some of the dishes offered since the menu changes every day. Stay tuned for my post on chi SPACCA!
Joey Wong ♥