Temptations At Terrine…

Foie Gras Burger At Terrine
Foie Gras Burger At Terrine

Sunday, David and I were up and out early with the dogs, walking to town for a 7am coffee and then hitting up the farmer’s market for fresh produce and fish.

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Back home, we headed out for an 11:30am brunch reservation in West Hollywood at Terrine whose focus is rustic french fare with California influences.

Terrine photo:yelp.com
Terrine photo:yelp.com

We found street parking and entered the enchanting french bistro with thoughts that it was empty inside when in fact the lovely patio was packed.

People were just beginning to spill over into the charming main dining room.

Terrine
Terrine

We hung at the bar until our outdoor table was available.

We wiled away the time with Cremant de Limoux Brut ($12) for me, a spicy Bloody Mary with heirloom tomato, St.George green chili vodka and spice ($13) for David and for our daughter, Ms. Thing, a Gordon’s Cup with gin, lime and cucumber ($12).

Terrine Patio
Terrine Patio

Once ensconced on the patio, my daughter and I decided to share.

The brunch menu is quite extensive with selections for everyone.

Frisee Salad
Frisee Salad

We kicked brunch off with a delicious Frisee Aux Lardons Salad with Benton’s bacon, a slow cooked egg and mustard vinaigrette ($16).

Foie Gras& Truffle Burger
Foie Gras& Truffle Burger

We indulged in the Terrine Burger with truffled butter and cheese, aioli, cured tomato, fried onions and foie gras ($25).

It was decadent, the foie melting from the heat radiating off the perfectly prepared burger.

Gravlax Tartine
Gravlax Tartine

David ordered the Gravlax Tartine with cured salmon, Boursin, soft scramble egg on country toast with chives ($15)… rich and savory.

We chatted under umbrellas with a fountain tinkling in the background.

Terrine emanates a relaxed and calming vibe.

Chef Kris Morningstar photo:latimes.com
Chef Kris Morningstar photo:latimes.com

Chef/owner Kris Morningstar who has cooked at Shutters, AOC, Grace, Opaline and Ray’s & Stark Bar, has fulfilled his dreams with Terrine which opened in December 2014.

Morningstar is purportedly a hug Billy Idol fan.

No wonder I enjoyed his food as I adore Billy and was his publicist for years.

Stephane Bombet (Bombet Hospitality Group), who started BHG in 2014, has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality world.

He has opened Terrine along with Vivianne and Hanjip which I have previously reviewed. He is also co-owner of Faith & Flower in downtown LA.

Terrine
Terrine

Another key part of the team is Francois Renaud who joined BHG in 2014. Prior to that, he ran the wine program and front of the house at Venice’s, The Tasting Room for nearly four years.

What a deliciously sublime way to spend a Sunday in L.A.

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BTW, this was my view the entire meal…really cracked me up.

Terrine 8265 Beverly Boulevard West Hollywood, California. Dinner Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Lunch Tuesday-Friday 11:30am-2:30pm. Brunch Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 3pm. Closed Mondays. Valet and street parking.

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