Dose of Vitamin P: marché L.A. Pork Belly [CLOSED]

Pork Los Angeles

Former Palate chef Gary Menes joined forces with Andre Guerrero on marché L.A., which debuted tonight in the former Sherman Oaks home of Max Restaurant, specializing in market-driven small plates. Last night, the partners previewed Chef Menes’ food, drawing from the opening menu, and no dish was more impressive than the pork belly ($15) with wheat berries, peaches and dandelion greens, a variation on a popular dish he prepared at Palate. The roasted pork belly wasn’t exactly lean, but it was meatier than your typical thick-cut bacon, with a rich golden color. The luscious fork-tender pork paired well with the slightly bitter greens, sweet peaches and fibrous barley-like wheat berries. If Palate was any indication, Menes will likely switch the belly’s accompaniments on a regular basis to capitalize on seasonality, but as long as he keeps cooking the cut so expertly, it’s bound to be grades of great.

UPDATE: marché L.A. went out of business, and chef Gary Menes has moved on to Palihouse.

UPDATE: marché L.A. is now CLOSED.

Dose of Vitamin P is a new feature that spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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Had it again last night, just as good as on Monday.

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