We reported in November that Chef Andrew Kirschner’s new neighborhood restaurant Tar & Roses, Santa Monica, was planning on opening in late November or December, well, the date is January 24. The food is described as “at once rustic and elegant, simple and complex, masculine and feminine.” The menu, like it’s namesake is a juxtaposition of extremes with Andrew’s travels to Italy, Spain and Southeast Asia influencing his cooking. But the heart of the kitchen is centered in its wood burning oven. Check out some examples from the menu. 602 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401.
charred octopus skewers/ salsa verde/ piquillo pepper aioli
popped corn/ crisp bacon/ brown sugar/ chili.
wood fired duck egg/ gigante beans/ tomato/ guanciale
beef tongue/ tuna conserva/ wood roasted tomato jam
chanterelle stuffing/ chestnuts/ currants/ sage
wood roasted cabbage/ caraway/fennel/horseradish.
wood roasted crispy pork knuckle/ creamy farro/ pickled pear & chile salad
hanger steak/ wood roasted duck fat potatoes/ romesco
braised red fish/ chanterelles/ berlotti beans/ tomato
Call 310-587-0700 for reservations.
Photography provided by James and James Productions