I finally got to celebrate my birthday on Saturday at The Little Door in Los Angeles after having to post pone it a few days due to a cold. I have heard so many things about this place located on 3rd Street behind large wooden doors with no signage. Some reviews are unfavorable but I found it absolutely special and a nice surprise.
The Little Door is Mediterrean cuisine not French which I had always thought. The Little Next Door, which is of course is next door to The Little Door has more French bistro fare such as pates and cheeses. But The Little Door focused much more full flavored Mediterrean food.
For starters we began with the Mezze Royale — a large plate of special salads, spreads and proteins consisting of tuna tartare, seared scallops, seared goat cheese, carrot salad, hummus, tzatziki, couscous, oranges and dates with orange blossom water, Merguez sausage, fennel salad and a basket of authentic middle eastern breads that were housemade and fabulous!!
Next, after being pretty much stuffed, we went with the rib eye with sauteed kale and cranberries and a creamy potato and leek gratin. The steak was cooked perfectly with a salted spiced crust that was memorable.
For dessert, my husband had the pastry chef make me a birthday cake called the “White Infinity” which reminded me of pastry school. The chef prepared it with four layers of pistachio cake, passion fruit curd and white chocolate ganache. I haven’t had a cake like that in years. Really nice.
I highly recommend The Little Door for special occasions. It is not cheap and there is a $35.00 per person minimum for food but well worth it! The Little Next Door is a nice place to get a sampling of great food as well.
The Little Door, 8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048. 323-951-1210