DON’T OVERLOOK THIS LA BREA AVENUE BISTRO GEM
La Brea Avenue has seen quite the revival over the years, first with Rascal in 2011, then with the addition of chic shops, which replaced the rows of rug and antique stores. Posh eateries like République, Sugarfish, Sycamore Kitchen, and Odys and Penelope followed. And now celebrating its second year, Commerson, a popular neighborhood bistro, is another reason to pay a visit to the Mid Wilshire district.'
I live in the neighborhood and I’m so stoked to have so many wonderful options to dine and drink at—all walking distance from me. Commerson is practically at the corner of La Brea Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard and it will definitely see its profile rise when the Metro’s long-awaited Purple Line is finally up and running.
In the meantime, Commerson has welcomed a new chef in Winston Wingfield—fresh from stints at groundbreaking restaurants like Animal, Red Medicine, and Chef Thomas Keller’s Bouchon where Wingfield served as sous chef from 2009-2016.
During our recent visit for dinner, we started with cocktails (FYI the bar program is curated by Dushan Zaric). I found the Dry Martini with frozen Ford’s Gin, Carpano Vermouth and Castle Vetrano olive to be a mighty fine martini. I always love when a stiff martini comes with an extra pour—nice touch. Not all of the cocktails were winners as the Hemingway Daquiri—a slight variation of the classic—was too sour, and the tequila/mezcal combo Mi Tierra was too spicy, choosing heat over taste and flavor.
Solid starters included the Chicken Liver Mousse served with sesame grilled bread, red onion marmalade and chives. The mousse is a wonderful spread and this is a great appetizer to share. Likewise, the Sweet Potato Agnolotti with duck confit, poached cranberries, toasted pistachios, and browned butter was delightful.
For entrees, you can’t go wrong with the Seared Atlantic Sea Scallops with English peas, chanterelle mushrooms, pickled lemon, mint, and miso. This is a light and fresh dish and serves as a great option if you don’t want something too filling or hearty. But if you do want a satisfying meat dish, then the Snake River Farms Skirt Steak with tomato raisins, shishito aioli, and romaine hearts is a wise choice as the steak proved to be very flavorful and pleasing.
If you save room for dessert, the Valrhona Chocolate Coupe with P125 Brownie, “Fudgesicle”, chocolate custard, and almond cinnamon crumble is a delicious and decadent dessert.
For anyone around Miracle Mile or Mid Wilshire, get to know and love Commerson. For anyone else looking for a solid eats and drinks, Commerson is not to be overlooked.
Commerson is located at 788 S. La Brea Avenue. Open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 5pm to 11pm; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 1am. Weekend Brunch is offered 10am to 3pm. Call 323-813-3000. Valet parking available Friday-Sunday from 5pm to 10pm for $5. Two hour validated parking is offered for free garage parking—enter at 8th Street and Sycamore.
Story by Jose Martinez