There is nothing quite like the feeling of walking into a restaurant and feeling as if you’ve escaped LA. Walking into Terrine on Beverly Blvd was just that. It feels more like walking into a secluded restaurant somewhere up the coast of California, which in effect, is what the owners Francois Renaud, Stephane Bombet, and Kris Morningstar wanted.
Having an amazing patio isn’t necessarily a unique restaurant experience here in LA, between Silverlake and Venice we’re quite spoiled. But having the food to back it up is and that’s where Celebrity Chef/Owner Kris Morningstar comes in.
Kris had a quiet confidence, having been a seasoned chef for quite awhile. He’s won GQ’s Magazine Dish of the Year, Gayot’s Rising Star Chef award, and is a recurring judge on the show Knife Fight. He decided to make us the Terrine Burger, and I have to say we were in good hands.
The burger scene in LA is huge; there is a ton of competition. Apparently the first cheeseburger was invented here, at a now defunct restaurant called the Rite Spot. The Terrine burger is $25, which is fairly steep, but it’s worth every single penny. The burger grew in popularity starting off as a hidden gem on the secret menu then moved to the lunch menu, then the dinner menu, and is now a staple of Terrine.
As an American, I’ve had a lot of burgers from BBQ’s in Texas to famous chains and fancy restaurants. This has to be arguably one of the best burgers I have ever had, hands down. Let’s break it down:
The bun was toasted and had a spread of a creamy sage aioli, and the patty had a good amount of truffle butter mixed into the center. On top he used a lesser known Italian cheese called Sottocenere, which is a semi-firm cheese, with hints of black truffle. Kris then placed lettuce and caramelized shallots on top to add a bit of a crunch. But here is the kicker, on top of it all was foie gras, something completely unexpected, but entirely appreciated. It was savory and sweet, and we tried to relish every single moment, licking up every crumb on the plate.
If you’re a burger fanatic add this place to your list now, the price is steep but it is worth it, I promise. And if you’re not a fan of burgers they have an incredible selection of French and American cuisine.