Manhattan Beach Post Porchetta (Dose of Vitamin P)
1142 Manhattan Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310 545 5405
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Some restaurants really go big for dineL.A. Restaurant Week. Manhattan Beach Post, the restaurant from the Simms brothers and chef David LeFevre that debuted in 2011, offered a choice of any four dishes for $39, and even produced dishes exclusive to the event.
Chef de Cuisine Jeffrey Cosenza previously worked at Craft and Mezze L.A., for José Andrés and Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas, and recently returned to town to work with David LeFevre. Porchetta is one of his early hits. An oozing slab with striations of juicy meat and melting fat, with a crispy skin rim, joins chunky quince mostarda, a sprig of fried thyme, and rich pork jus.
“My inspiration for the porchetta was partly selfish,” says Cosenza. “I wanted something that was crunchy, fatty, and tender, and porchetta fits all three categories. We pair it with a classic mostarda made of quince to help cut and balance the richness of the pork.” Since dineL.A., he’s started serving the pork on a bed of creamy smoked polenta to round out the plate.
He starts by curing the pork belly to “give it a nice even salinity and draw out some moisture while concentrating the flavor.” The belly’s seasoned with thyme, garlic, fennel pollen, black pepper, and salt, rolled and roasted to great effect.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.