The Wallace serves locally sourced & sustainable Californian cuisine in the heart of downtown Culver City, CA. They offer shareable plates in a communal space with an open kitchen. I must say watching the preparation of my food from start to finish is a turn on, especially when your food arrives and it looks, smells and tastes as delicious as ours did. Read more about The Wallace here.
Whenever I travel, I make it my mission to see, smell and TASTE all that my destination has to offer. Given that my recent trip was to Palm Springs, CA finding good food was not a challenge by any stretch. I consulted a couple of my foodie peeps on places that we must try. In addition to being on the hunt for good eats we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and wanted a romantic place where we could hold hands over the table while starring lovingly into one another’s eyes. This also translates into posting food pics to Instagram and making tastemade videos (below)!
Started the evening with the West Coast Oysters. I was a little taken a back when they arrived, mainly because here in Texas the Gulf Oysters are double the size! Our oysters were served with a cucumber-ginger mignonette that we manually added to each oyster. Although small, these succulent, silky smooth gems were insanely delicious and FRESH!
The Cauliflower presentation was beautiful to me. The incorporation of the colors from the purple carrot juice and Chinese mustard not only made the plate pop but added varying levels of flavor to the typically mundane vegetable.
This celebration wasn’t complete without a tried and true classic cocktail from The Wallace’s “Tipple” menu. The Rebel with a Cause caught my eye because of the fresh pineapple juice and chamomile. It was just what I had expected..light, crisp and refreshing.
Although our third course looked a hot mess, it totally didn’t taste like it. The Short Rib Ravioli has to be tried..no questions asked. The Short Rib was tender and juicy! This dish also comes with beurre veau (sauteed sweetbreads in brown butter) and vinocotto. The flavor of the veal brains and dark wine sauce were out of this world. Reminded me of a this BBQ sauce my dad gets from Kansas City.
I’ve come to love polenta. A slightly crusty, over-cooked polenta cake paired with a hearty broth is the key to my heart. The Mushroom Ragout wild Mushrooms, Crispy Polenta, Shaved Parmesan and Madeira was far beyond any puny, repetitive words that I could conjure up to describe it. So.Good.
The Albacore Tartare had me at “avocado”.. the capers, dijon, sesame soy, nori and rice cakes were just extra gifts from the food Gods. Not only tasty but absolutely beautiful when it arrived to our table. Didn’t want to eat it but I had no choice.. it was calling me!
This corn though! It changed my life.. Grilled Yellow Corn rolled in crema picante, queso anejo, panko and rainbow salt. Usually I don’t do corn on the cob because it gets all stuck in my teeth, but this was worth looking crazy. We ate every single sweet kernel on those cobs and then enjoyed what was left in our teeth all over again.
The Wallace has a couple of sweet items on their pastry menu that are worth the calories. I ordered the Blueberry Semifreddo. A semi-frozen blueberry cake, topped with lemon curd and matcha cake on a bed of salted cream. The salted cream was unique in flavor and I still can’t decided if it added to or took away from the dish of which was AMAZING!
My hubby isn’t as adventurous when it comes to his tricky taste buds so he went with the Sorbet Trio consisting of honeysuckle lavender, plum and honeydew melon. All of these seasonal fruit flavors were fantastic but the honeysuckle lavender stood out among the trio.
This visit to The Wallace was by far one of my best out of town dining experiences.
UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN CULVER CITY, I WILL REMEMBER YOU AS BEING DELICIOUS.
For more about The Wallace or to view their full menu click here.