After closing his acclaimed fine dining restaurant Dialogue, Michelin-starred chef Dave Beran focused his attention on Pasjoli—where one of the Westside’s most memorable dishes ever is served. The pressed duck, which you must preorder, involves carving an entire roasted bird as its juice is extracted from an antique device and simmered with Cognac and red wine. As part of this tableside presentation, you’re presented with crispy duck skin salad, duck leg bread pudding, and a plate of beautifully prepared breast to be enjoyed with the liquid from the duck. The rest of the menu is a study in classic, upscale French fare: caviar blinis, chicken-liver-mousse-stuffed brioche, and halibut with white wine and yuzu beurre blanc. The restaurant recently kick-started a monthly subscription for its cocktail and wine program, which surprises you with anything from stellar French wines to truffle popcorn from the Pasjoli kitchen.
How to book: Reservations are recommended.