The countdown to Foiehibition currently stands at 7 days, and we’re tracking down some notable must-try dishes before then! Yesterday we spent the day at work (yes, on a Saturday) at Martin’s office in Downtown LA so it was the perfect opportunity to swing by UMAMIcatessen for the FG&J off their And A Donut menu.
The menu describes it as foie gras mousse, forest berry jame, peanut. The doughnuts are all fried to order and come out wonderfully warm and crispy. (Unfortunately not as hot as we’d prefer but at least we don’t have to worry about an explosion of hot oil in the first bite!) It’s a beautiful brown roasty-toasty color and topped with a dusting of powdered sugar and crushed peanuts. I loved how the sphere of dough clearly showed the trail of foie mousse pumped in on one side and the berry jam oozing out the other. If you get the perfect bite of mousse, jelly, dough, powdered sugar, and peanut crumbs, it tastes exactly like peanut butter and jelly. The mousse itself was a little too salty for my liking and it didn’t taste as buttery as I would expect, but of course, the nature of the foie yielded a nice, smooth, creamy texture. I enjoyed the pairing of the mousse with the forest berry jam; I’m a big fan of cold foie preparations with a fruit compote or marmalade.
Sure $8 is a little steep for a doughnut but we were glad to have had the chance to try it before it became a “black market doughnut,” as our server phrased it. It was a very fun example of deconstruction and we could see why it made it on Grub Street’s list of 24 foie gras dishes to try before SB1520 takes effect. Only 7 days left, so hurry hurry if you want to experience this fascinating flavor combination on your taste buds!
How are you spending the last week before the foie ban? We knew we had to make reservations for Waterloo & City for June 30th, and we might squeeze in Animal on Friday. Any other must-haves? Let us know! :) Happy eating!
Check out UMAMIcatessen: www.umami.com/umamicatessen
852 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014
At the corner of Broadway and 9th
See their Yelp reviews here!