When entering the Tanzy restaurant in West Los Angeles, the first thing that one notices is the place has a sense of style and class. From the outside, the building overlooks Wilshire Blvd. and yet the trees and décor surrounding the area allow the restaurant goer to feel they are not on the edge of one of the busier streets in L.A.
Once inside, the hostess greats one with a large smile and seeing as I had prior reservations escorted me to my table. The waiter started off the brunch with complimentary strawberry lemonade and returned promptly asking with what drinks he could start the day. After looking at the menu, I opted for the freshly made strawberry mimosa that was bottomless and offered the perfect edge to cut through some of the more dense dishes. The mimosa was made with Lemon, St. Germain and One Hope sparkling wine that helps the homeless children’s foundation.
As I looked at the menu, the Sous Chef of the restaurant Eric Medina came out introduced himself and asked what food I was looking to enjoy. I asked for the Egg and Bacon ravioli that was the Sunday special for brunch. As a result of reviewing the food and restaurant I was honored with many of the brunch specials. The day began though with my first choice of the egg and bacon ravioli. The dish itself was rich in flavor but light with the pasta being handmade and the combination of olive oil, the bacon grilled and smoky, and the egg was cooked and in the center of the dish and infused in the dish was ricotta cheese and wilted spinach. When it was cut into, the yoke flowed perfectly adding to the rich flavor. The dish was simple yet well presented and flavorful that had me wanting more.
Bryan Podgorski is the Executive Chef of Tanzy Westwood.
While enjoying the ravioli, the sous chef also presented a similar dish that was the Orecchiette that had spiced turkey sausage, greens and wilted Swiss chard. The dish itself was a dinner menu item but the sous chef felt that it would compliment the ravioli dish and his knowledge of the meals and the prep showed as both went seamlessly together.
After enjoying the strawberry mimosa, it helped to transition to the next dish which was the crispy chicken and sourdough waffles. The Jidori chicken was battered and came with country gravy and syrup. The infusion of the two liquids and combined with the waffles and chicken made for a meal that was meant for two to share. I was skeptical to try it but it proved to be one of my favorites dishes that the restaurant provided. The next dish that the waiter brought out was also in a similar vane with it being sweet in nature.
The Brioche French Toast which was dense and packed with flavor. On the first bite, the smooth texture was similar to that of flan and was creamy and rich. With four pieces on the plate, most of us enjoying a breakfast selection would only need two maybe three pieces to satisfy our brunch cravings in the later stages of the morning.
As I finished clearing my palette with some water, the server brought out the final dish of the day that was Bombolina, a crispy Italian doughnut. There were three flavors of them with the “Nero Niociola Bombolini that was a bittersweet chocolate rice pudding that was made with hazelnut nayou and orange marmalade. The second was called “Piccolo Spingi” and was filled with Pink Lady apple cider marmalade and the final one was a “Zeppoli Tuffo” which consisted of Lemon Zabaglione cream and dusted with fennel sugar. As they were set down the wine ambassador of restaurant came over introduced himself as Josh Nebenzahl. He brought out wines which happened to compliment the dessert. There was a Roero Arneis which according to Nebenzahl means little rascal and is an Italian wine and those who create it are part of the top five in Italy. The Arneis was crisp, clean, smooth and very well complimented to the Piccolo Spingi Bombolini. The second wine that he brought out was the Cherry Pie that was a Pinot Noir and one of the top five from California. The flavor was rich and earthly and the after taste left a nutty flavor.
Overall, the restaurant from atmosphere, food, drinks and most of all service were exceptional. I was very pleased with what the Tanzy in Westwood restaurant offered. I was lucky in the fact that my meal was covered as the food and drinks themselves are very upscale and pricy for those on a stiff budget. If you have the money to spare or want to enjoy a romantic meal with someone you care about this place will be sure to please taste buds with a large range of food and drinks to choose from.
10840 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024