Update: Eric’s other restaurant, Seed Kitchen in Venice, is still open. I’ll head there soon and post a review.
I wanted to take the wife out some place nice for Valentine’s Day, but instead of getting a reservation at a regular restaurant and going through the procedure of calling and telling them we eat mostly vegan and seeing if they could make us anything, I figured we should go somewhere where we could eat everything on the menu. However, most vegan or plant-based restaurants around us are on the casual side, and we wanted something a little nicer. Enter Seed Bistro, a vegan macrobiotic restaurant by famed vegan chef Eric Lechasseur. We’d been wanting to try Seed since it opened last year but just hadn’t gotten around to it, and I figured this would be the perfect time to go. Seed had a special six course tasting menu for the evening, so we wouldn’t have to make any decisions whatsoever – kinda nice sometimes. The food was elegantly presented and delicious, and for once I actually left a restaurant satisfied after eating a tasting menu (unlike, oh, I dunno, Bazaar by Jose Andres, perhaps?). I’ve got the menu below, along with a couple photos. I didn’t get pictures of everything because stupid me, I started eating a few of the courses before snapping shots. 50% ain’t bad though.
Faux Foie Gras (made from portabello mushrooms), blackberries preserve, sourdough crostini
Roasted Squash Bistue, baby spinach
Edamame Ravioli, roasted peper tomato coulis
Grilled Endive & green salad, shaved red radish
Seitan Bourguignon Stew, twice baked potato fries
This wasn’t exactly a salt-oil-sugar-free meal, but I really didn’t notice their overuse, and I’m definitely going to be back for another special occasion. You should try it too if you’re ever on the West side of Los Angeles.