On Friday evening, the Experience Magazine visited Status Kuo, a very intimate and unpretentious neighborhood restaurant, to sample their Dine LA prix fixe menu.
The setting is very clean and casual. The patrons have the pleasure of viewing the staff hustle as they prepare and plate delicious meals.The rotisserie is in view and the aroma from In the restaurant is enchanting. We were told that the owner is in the process of expanding the area into the space next door where he will be opening a full bar within the next 5 to 6 months.
We started our evening by sampling a few of the starter plates. We had roasted brussel sprouts that was absolutely fabulous. Then we had the broccoli rabe with rayu and Yuzu garlic bread with furikake. The broccoli was accentuated by the crispy onions that were sprinkled over the vegetable. The garlic bread was tasty and perfectly seasoned so it was enjoyable without being overpowering. The butternut squash soup was surprisingly smoky with a lovely creme fraiche and juniper oil topping. Very hearty and satisfying to enjoy on a cold January evening.
Our main courses were both traditional and unique in style and flavor. The vegan BBQ sandwich was made with spicy Jackfruit, lime coleslaw and a guava barbecue sauce. The lime coleslaw was very handy in cooling down the yummy burn from the jackfruit. The house special rotisserie chicken did not disappoint. Perfectly cooked and divinely seasoned, the chicken was complemented by a cilantro dipping sauce that was sensational. Even the french fries had a fun seasoning and brought them from ordinary to extraordinary.
At the end of the meal, we were presented with a stunning flourless chocolate cake topped with milk jam and goji berries. The cake was hot and reminiscent of a molten lava cake; rich and gooey on the inside, solid and warm on the outside. It was sprinkled with powdered sugar and the goji berries and milk jam topping was an incredible addition and paired beautifully with the cake.
The service was wonderful and owner and chef David Kuo was charming and personable. In between rush orders he would come to the tables and engage with the clientele. All of his food is scratch made and he uses organic products whenever possible and supports the local Mar Fiesta Farmer’s Market. Status Kuo is a high quality neighborhood restaurant that has something for everyone.
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