A while back, my sister and I planned on going to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since both of us were free. She was off work and the kids were with my mom. Unfortunately, when we got there, it was closed. We were just so excited that we got to hang out that we completely forgot to check the website for hours of operation. Oh well. We then decided to go where our tummies told us to.
Our first stop was at Bottega Louie. I could have spent well over half an hour just admiring the beautiful display, but we were on a time crunch. We picked up some macarons for the kids and then headed for Church & State Bistro. My sister was always raving about Church & State. She loved their escargot and bone marrow. So of course those were the only things on the menu we ordered. Trust me, the decadence was beyond enough for my palate and appetite.
Escargot and beef bone marrow were not new to me. I’ve been eating both all my life. My parents exposed us to a variety of foods, and I am so thankful for it.
The first time I ate escargot drenched in butter was over 20 years ago. I still remember how rich and melt-in-your-mouth tender it was. Usually, I ate escargot smothered in a Filipino curry sauce, so this French style of cooking was different. The Escargots de Bourgogne en Croûte at Church & State was delicious. I think I burnt my tongue because I couldn’t wait to dig in. It was hot. And buttery. And totally worth burning my tongue for. The pastry was delicately flaky and equally tasty.
The Os à Moelle was amazing. I do try and order bone marrow at restaurants that serve them since it’s a rare find. Again, this type of preparation is not something I’m used to. Typically, I ate bone marrow in a soup and not roasted. This preparation preserved more of the marrow than in a soup, so that was nice. I love the pairing of the bone marrow with the radish salad. They really counter balanced each other well; the richness of the marrow with the acidity of the salad. Yum.
After lunch, we walked around the Arts District for a little bit. We had to make an effort at burning all those calories somehow. I’d definitely be back to Church & State to try other menu items with hubby. Although I am all for exposing the kiddos to new foods, this place is a date place and not somewhere I would bring the kids to.
What are your guilty pleasures when it comes to decadent dishes? Have you ever tried bone marrow before?
Church & State is located at 1850 Industrial Street, #100, Los Angeles, CA 90021.