My birthday continues (wow, we certainly know how to stretch out a celebration, right?!). But sadly, the celebration is coming to an end. We’re back to Los Angeles from our weekend in Asheville, North Carolina, but Kevin had one more special night planned — a birthday dinner at Los Angeles’ buzzy Trois Mec.
Trois Mec opened in 2013 from the mash-up all-star team of Ludo Lefebvre, Jon Shook, and Vinny Dotolo. The dining space is in an old pizza parlor in a strip mall.
It may look sketchy from the outside. However, as you can see, the interior is a sleek, modern design. Sitting at the coveted counter spaces, you can almost feel the pressure of getting out each course in time. At least I did! On our night, someone accidentally put on too many peppercorns – I’m talking A LOT of them! I could hardly hold back my commentary and shouted “OH NO!!” Clearly, they would not want me in the kitchen. The guy working the line remained calm and slowly removed the excessive pepper!
This isn’t a place you can just roll up. Getting a reservation is one heart-pounding (or maybe table pounding!) experience. Seating is available by advanced tickets only, which must be purchased 2 weeks in advance. Only at 10 AM PT (on the dot) and every other Friday. What? Okay, you can have an email reminder by signing up here so you don’t forget (which is what I did).
When the clock strikes 10 AM, you gotta work fast because you are up against everyone else trying to get a reservation. Over the past 2 years, I missed getting a table 3 times. However, this time amazingly I managed to get a reservation for my birthday! Okay, it was at 6 PM on a Wednesday, but still… I did it! The entire experience is sort of like going on Ticketmaster and buying tickets to U2. Within minutes, you’re out of luck! And at $185 a ticket, you need to make sure you are committed!
Once we sat down, our waiter came up and recognized us immediately. Though none of us could figure out how. Kevin got down to business and started to do some sleuthing. I lost interest quickly (hah!) and decided to run to the bathroom to wash my hands. By the time I got back Kevin figured it out! It was the same waiter from our incredible meal 2 years ago for my birthday at the French Laundry in Napa! What a small world. Clearly we were memorable! Or it could be they couldn’t get us out. We stretched out that night to the very end and were the last customers to leave!
Trois Mec does a tasting menu only — with about 5 courses. Here is a selection of what we ate. Enjoy!
Another fantastic birthday celebration down! But the party isn’t over yet. Stay tuned because Kevin’s birthday is next and we’re off to Salt Lake City, Utah. Then a good o’l fashioned road trip to Capitol Reef National Park, Bryce Canyon before wrapping up in Las Vegas. More birthday madness to come!