Bestia is probably one of Los Angeles’ most beloved restaurants.  It’s the perfect example of a quasi-essential “LA” restaurant.  It’s trendy.  It’s hip.  It’s lively.  It’s crowded.   It’s always fully booked.  It’s located in Downtown and the food is pretty good.   Everyone and their mama raves about Bestia.  Los Angeles loves Bestia like Angelinos love Pac, Dre and Snoop.

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The restaurant decor

There are number of people who complain about the difficulties of getting reservations to Bestia, but I didn’t have any issues with securing reservations.  The service was good and a lot better than restaurants in its class.  There’s a patio seating, a bar and the main dining hall. The kitchen is wide open so you can make sure the cooks don’t pick their nose while handling your food.  In addition, Bestia has a really cool playlist.  It includes a lot of 90s Hip Hop/Gangsta Rap I grew up listening to on the West Coast.

Anyway, I’m going to review Bestia relative to restaurants in its class.  I practically tried a good portion of the menu and I’m going to touch on my favorite items.  Those are as follows:

  1. Roasted Marrow Bone – This is the dish everyone raves about.  It’s two pieces of bone marrow served on spinach gnocchetti and crispy breadcrumbs with aged balsamic.  We went through 6 of them in one night between 3 people.  The bone marrow is silky with the right about of salt added to it.  The spinach gnocchetti and crispy breadcrumbs were both incredibly soft yet chewy.  It was the perfect Los Angeles combo like 2pac and Snoop.
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    Bone Marrow

  2. Cavatelli alla Norcina – The cavatelli was cooked al dente.  The ricotta dumplings wasn’t too cheesy or overpowering and blended well with the housemade pork sausage.   The taste of firm outer shell quickly went by as you taste the tenderness and flavorful pork sausage.  The aroma of the dish was brought out with the black truffles and we were fighting over the last bite. Cause it ain’t fun if the homies can’t have none.

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    Cavatelli
  3. Salumi – This dish is the chef’s selection of house-cured meats served with pickles, mostarda, and grilled bread.  This was a good appetizer to start off with cause it’s salty and gets the appetite started.  The cured meats went well with the grilled bread and the salt content of the meats wasn’t overdone.  It had a lot of flavor like DJ Quik’s Tonite.

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    Salumi
  4. Foie Gras Terrine –  It’s served on a brioche bread with stumptown coffee, lemon paste, and sea salt.  The richness and buttery texture of the foie gras was perfectly seasoned with the sea salt.  The crispy bottom and soft doughy of the brioche bread blended very with the Foie Gras.  As you chew, each bite went back and forth between the foie gras and brioche bread like Dre and Snoop on Nuthin’ Like A G Thang cause it’s like this and like that and like this and ummm…

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    Foie Gras Terrine
  5. Grilled Beef Meatballs – The tenderness of the beef meatballs were impressive.  It was cooked medium rare and the ratio of the fat and lean meat was on point.  The flavors of the soffritto was good.  You could taste the tangy and sweetness of tomatoes and braised beet greens when you double dipped the meatball back into the soffritto. It’s all good from Diego to the Bay.

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    Grilled Beef Meatballs
  6. Tomahawk Pork Chop – It’s a 37 ounce pork chop with bone in and served as family style.  It’s massive like Kanye West’s ego.  It was a charred with seared marks and seasoned with sea salt.  The pork was tender, juicy and cooked to a medium done.  Each bite had the same texture as a lean medium done steak.  The only issue I had with it was it was unevenly salted.  Parts of the pork chop were extremely salty and other parts being slightly salted.

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    Tomahawk

Now, there is a lot of hype with Bestia. A LOT.  Does it really live up to it?  Yes, it does cause I came in with no expectations.  If Michelin was to rate it, I think it would be at least a Bib Gourmand.  If not, a Michelin star.  Overall, Bestia is a really good restaurant when compared to Factory Kitchen or even Faith & Flower.  It’s definitely the epitome of a Los Angeles like 2pac’s To Live And Die In LA.  However, in this case, it’s To Live And Dine In LA.

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  • 8/10
    Service - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Presentation - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Flavors - 9/10
  • 8.5/10
    Decor - 8.5/10
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    Ambiance - 9/10
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Summary

Bestia is probably one of Los Angeles’ most beloved restaurants. The good service and fantastic modern take on Italian cuisine makes it worth a trip while in LA. It’s definitely the epitome of a Los Angeles like 2pac’s To Live And Die In LA. However, in this case, it’s To Live And Dine In LA.

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