Spit-roasted cooking has become more prominent in Los Angeles restaurants, and now proteins are by no means limited to shawarma, pastor, or even rotisserie chicken. Michael Riboli and Joan Riboli, two members of the family that founded San Antonio Winery in 1917, opened Turningfire in Eagle Rock to end November. The space features exposed wood rafters, an open kitchen with marble-ish counter, light wood tables, and complementary plants. The menu centers on “seasonal” meats: two styles of rotisserie chicken, plus pork.
Each meat is available wrapped, in a bowl, or as part of a plate. I made sure to try lemon lavender chicken, but was more enamored with Roman Spiced Pork ($14.50).In this case, the pork (I’m guessing shoulder) was hand-stacked with Italian herbs, toasted fennel seed, and garlic. From there, they make like “Wheel of Fortune” and spin to win, resulting in crusty, spice-infused slices. Each plate comes with a choice of salad, and I opted for arugula with harissa dressing, paper-thin paprika lavash chips, roasted red peppers, and basil. I bypassed rotisserie potatoes with lemon and thyme in favor of roasted white yam slabs with toasted spices, cracked pepper, and herbs. Overall, my plate was pretty satisfying, but a bit pricey.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.