Restaurant Roundup: Spring has Sprung


Caramelized Bone Marrow, Robiola-Truffle Honey Bruschetta, Spinach Salad, and Olive Oil Mustard at Lago (Elise Thompson)

We often feature photo essays of special restaurant events on LAist and we would like to share some of them with you ahead of time so you don't slap yourself on the forehead with regret, mumbling, "If only I had known!"

Burger & Cab Night at Malibu Wines (Thursday, April 1)
Thursday night Malibu Wines' gorgeous estate will be offering five different vintages of Semler and Saddlerock Cabernet Sauvignon. The event will be catered by Command Performance Catering and feature — what else? Burgers! Located between Malibu and the San Fernando Valley on Mulholland, it's a little out-of-the way, but believe us, it's worth it! You will feel like you were magically transported to Napa. Advance tickets are required and this one is is for imbibers 21 and older. $40 a person.

Easter Brunch at Cache (Sunday, April 4)
Instead of your usual Easter brunch of chocolate bunny heads and turquoise hard-boiled eggs, why not treat yourself to a lovely meal by Josiah Citrin at Cache? The first course offers choices like Spring Pea and Mint Soup and Assorted Seasonal Fruit. The second course is a difficult choice between dishes such as Ricotta Pancakes with Lemon and Blueberries and Confit Duck. The elegant atmosphere will make you feel like a princess. $25 per person

Easter Menu at Lago (Saturday, April 3 - Friday, April 9)
Laconda del Lago in Santa Monica presents a special three or four-course "Buona Pasqua!" Easter dinner paired with Italian wines from Saturday, April 3 through Friday, April 9. Among the courses are grilled vegetable roulades, hardboiled quail eggs with hollandaise and finished au gratin (wait, eggs and hollandaise and au gratin? Wow.), plus housemade fettucine, and more.

Main courses are Alaskan Halibut with Yukon Potatoes,or Sliced Lamb Sirloin, Rutabaga-Parsley Puree and Marsala Braised Rainbow Chard. The three-course menu is $55 with Alaskan halibut and $49 with lamb sirloin; the four-course menu is $69, or all four course selections are available à la carte. The wine tasting pairing is $24 per person. There is also a special dessert, so save room.

Zagat Presents Go Alfresco: Mediterraneo (April 14, 2010)
Every month Zagat celebrates a theme dinner at a different Los Angeles restaurant. This month chef Alberto Vazquez will guide you through a four-course tasting menu inspired by the cuisines of the Mediterranean at his appropriately named restaurant, Mediterraneo at The Westlake Village Inn. The bistro's patio offers Westlake Village lake views, hence the al fresco.

The menu includes a pomodori soup Provençal with pearl pasta and herb pesto; an Italian grilled asparagus with mimosa, Meyer lemon vinaigrette and a grilled crostini. The third course features a hunter’s-style chicken braised with fire-roasted peppers, stewed tomatoes, olives, capers and buttery potatoes. Finally you are treated to a Meyer lemon cheesecake with macerated wild berries. Wine pairings will be available for each course. $65 for four courses with wine pairings. To Reserve: Call 818-889-9105 and mention Zagat Presents.

Malibu Beach Inn's Master Chef Series Featuring Suzanne Tracht (Saturday April 17th)
Celebrity chef Suzanne Tracht of Jar restaurant will be joining Executive Chef Michelle Francis for "a Beach Side Culinary Collaboration" this month. Malibu Beach Inn at Carbon Beach (aka "Billionaire's Beach") offers dining right on the Pacific and is known for its selection of small-production wines from California’s premier wine regions.

The first course consists of a Spring Green Garlic Soup with seeded rye cracker followed by Eastern Baby Halibut, English pea puree and spring radish salad. The third course sounds perfectly mouthwatering -- Oxtail Ravioli with mushroom broth. If you can even imagine still being hungry, there is a fourth course of Pickle-brined Breast of Duck, pan roasted Yukon Gold potatoes, spinach, and marsala. The dessert of Coconut Sorbet and Assorted Cookies sounds refreshingly light.

Debbie Lee's Seoul Town Tapas at BREADBAR (Through Saturday, May 1st)
Chef Debbie Lee's limited-engagement "SeoulTown Tapas" guest chef event at BREADBAR West Third has been extended through Saturday, May 1st. The pop-up is Lee's take on small plates made popular at Korean bars. The plates start at a reasonable $4 and the internet foodies are raving about the chicken meatballs and Sesame Buttermilk Beignet dusted with Cinnamon Sugar. The menu also includes including Korean Fried Chicken, Grilled Nutella Sammie, and Mamma Lee's Meatloaf. Get a preview of Lee's upcoming LA restaurant. Available every Tuesday - Saturday from 5.30 p.m. - close.

Perfect Pairings Menu Campaign (April 1- April 30)
Restaurants participating in the Perfect Pairings fundraising campaign will feature one or more paired food-and-beverage items. The pairings might be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, may involve a specially prepared dish, a signature plate, or a prix fixe menu. For every pairing ordered, a portion of the proceeds will go to Meals-on-Wheels programs in Los Angeles.

Participating restaurants include local favorites like Ford's Filling Station, Grace, Nobu, Lucques, Campanile AOC, Bazaar, Bar Pinxto and many more. Meals-on-Wheels adds "We hope you'll savor the experience knowing every time you treat your palate, you help touch the lives of thousands of people in your own community in need of food, companionship and other vital human services."