Thursday, May 09, 2013

FOOD REVIEW: Ba (Highland Park, Los Angeles, CA)

Mushroom Brûlée, $11
Quiche Lorraine with fries, $11
Grilled Alaskan Salmon on Winter Greens, $13
To celebrate the occasion of my husband's birthday we decided to have our regular Friday lunch at a new local restaurant. The Highland Park section of Los Angeles has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years, with new restaurants and stores opening on a seemingly weekly basis. Since Highland Park is the adjacent neighborhood from where we live in Montecito Heights, as wel as adjacent to Eagle Rock where I usually work, we consider Highland Park (a.k.a. HP) as part of our "hood."

Anyway, one of those new restaurants which has opened recently in HP is called Ba. It's a French restaurant and it is on the main drag in HP called York Boulevard (at the corner of Avenue 51) in the middle of the most built up section of HP which runs between Avenue 50 to Avenue 54.

We started with the Mushroom Brûlée which was quite yummy but definitely unusual. It was like  a very thick, savory mushroom stew with melted cheese on top. The slices of baguette were useful to mop up the sauce.

The Other Half ordered the Grilled Alaska Salmon with greens, which he said was perfectly grilled. I had the Quiche of the Day, which was a Ham and Swiss quiche and came with fries. The quiche was very tasty and the fries were better-than-average restaurant fries. The only odd thing about the dining experience was that there was a somewhat limited selection of beverages on the menu. There were various alcoholic beverages (beer or wine) or other things I don't drink (like sodas) but no iced tea or juice. So we both just drank water.

Since it was a weekday lunch the restaurant was pretty empty but the interior is very welcoming with sleek, modern furnishing and simple but interesting, monochromatic art on the walls.

Name: Ba.
Contact: 323-729-6243.
Visit: April 26, 2013.


OVERALL: A- (3.66/4.0)

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