507 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Sat, 03/28/2015, 8:30pm reservation
Just a few blocks from the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica sits a new restaurant that recently opened its doors in January of this year. Aestus is headed by Alex Ageneau who had stints at the Royce and Patina. The restaurant itself is in an awkward location, just beneath what seems to be an apartment building.
Aestus is stylish and airy, with dim lights and a warm décor. Quirky art pieces give depth to the restaurant. The open kitchen is the main accent to the overall ambiance. The concept for the menu is farm-to-table, taking ingredients from the local farmers market. Utilizing these seasonal ingredients, Ageneau creates simple dishes to highlight its freshness.
|SQUID INK CAPELLINI ($24.00): Red crab, pomodoro, basil. The capellini was cooked al dente and the crab was tender. The dish was good overall but not amazing.|
|MUSHROOMS ($8.00 SIDE): "persillade". Simple dish where mushrooms are sauteed in butter with salt and pepper. Although it was good, it was my least favorite dish.|
Overall, Aestus delivers pretty good food (although some of the dishes did not give me the "wow" factor). The service was fantastic and dishes were timed perfectly. I appreciate when dishes are changed regularly and this place caters to that practice. For being a fairly new restaurant, Ageneau and the Aestus staff should be proud. Watch out Tar and Roses, a new restaurant is in town! Word of advice: pay attention to the location when looking for the restaurant because it can be easily missed by uber (I should know)!
Notable dishes: Farrotto and Lemon Yogurt Parfait