Having previously experienced the greatness that is Josef Centeno through his gustatorially beautiful restaurants Bäco Mercat and Bar Amá, I was excited to try out Orsa & Winston, the third in Centeno's immaculate Downtown LA triumvirate. Featuring a brilliant -- and I do not use that word lightly, Chef Centeno is truly a genius -- blend of Japanese and Italian cuisine, the restaurant is the fine dining counterpart to its more casual sister restaurants. Though I was certainly tempted to go all in with their 25-course Super Omakase menu, I opted to get my feet wet with the 5-course set menu instead (truth be told, you're served a few bonus courses that make this menu more like 7.5 courses, and I left feeling completely and wonderfully sated!). It's a rare thing when you enjoy each and every course in a tasting menu, and Orsa & Winston's is quite plainly a treat. Though each course builds in flavor and complexity, there were no misses, no "oh, that was pleasant, but not my favorite." I could easily have eaten entree-sized portions of each and every plate that was set before me: from the savory panna cotta with asparagus and chili oil; to the hamachi crudo with Asian orange; to the caramelized onion soup with pickled grapes and diver scallops; to the satsuki rice risotto with Maine lobster and uni, and pecorino; to the roasted lamb with creamed potatoes and maitaki mushrooms. This meal truly was perfection from start to finish, and I can't wait to share it like the gift it is with more friends and loved ones!
Dress: Kate Spade Perle Pleat Sweaterdress
Bag: Kate Spade Eat Cake for Breakfast Call to Action Tote
Lips: Lime Crime Velvetines in Red Velvet