Friday, March 20, 2015


Prospect Gourmand
272 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Tel: 424.204.9151
$$ ($15-$30)
Fri, 03/06/2015, 8:30pm reservation
     (4 Piglets)

The farm to table concept has been a recent trend that is overtaking many restaurants locally and abroad. One such restaurant, Prospect Gourmand has incorporated this concept with open arms. This small and quaint Beverly Hills restaurant is new, cozy and brings fresh elements from the farmer's market to your table. Approximately 60% of the ingredients are organic. Chef Isaac Gamboa and his staff visit the farmer's market once a week in search for the freshest ingredients that are in season. As a result, his dishes are innovative and enticing. 

Using French techniques, Chef Gamboa creates dishes with a modern twist. Take for instance the Prospect BKE Burger: a delicious burger topped with kimchi! Kimchi?!?! Yes, who would have thought a ground beef patty could taste so good with kimchi. Or the Gourmand Burger with the option of adding foie gras. With the food on the verge of being top notch, there are still a few kinks to work out like any other restaurant that has recently opened its doors. 

Outdoor sign

The interior

The Bar area

POUTINE ($12.00): Gourmand fries, topped with pork belly, dashi  gravy, homemade citrus ricotta. This dish is a twist on the traditional poutine which uses cheese curds instead of ricotta. Although the homemade ricotta melted from the heat of the fries, the flavors were good overall. A few of the fries were soggy, which was expected since it was doused in gravy.

PROSPECT BKE BURGER ($19.00): Bacon, Kimchi, Organic egg, french fries. This is a good dish. The burger is juicy and moist. The kimchi adds a nice acidic and aromatic feel to the dish. It's a burger with a twist and worth a try. I'm not a fan of the thick cut fries so that's my only downfall to the dish. It is a personal preference. 

FREE TO ROAM CHICKEN ($19.00): Crispy pan fried, easy peasy mac and cheesy, heirloom carrots. This chicken takes approximately 20 minutes to make. It is moist and full of flavor. The crispy skin adds a nice touch. Utilizing mac and cheese instead of the usual mashed potatoes is a nice change. Sugar snap peas and onion au jus are present to finish off the dish. 

CHOCOLATE TURTLE SHELL TARTE ($9.00): Chocolate tarte, salted caramel ice cream. If you want a decadent dessert and just straight chocolate, then this one is for you. It is rich and definitely heavy. The gelato is supplied from a local gelato shop in Redondo Beach, CA.  I could not finish this dessert even though I am a dessert fanatic. 

Overall, Prospect Gourmand has the potential to be something amazing. It is a fairly new restaurant that still needs some minor improvements. For example, my utensils were forgotten when I ordered my food. Additionally, it took some time to flag down a waitress to order dessert and for the check. In terms of the food, it is aromatic and pretty flavorful. I'm sure with a few tweaks and some time, this restaurant will be one of the popular restaurants in Los Angeles.

Notable dishes: Free to Roam Chicken 

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