A Night at Ludobites

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The glimpse of Breadbar's counter.

I had been waiting all week to try Ludobites at Breadbar (a special  BYOB small plates event by Chef Ludovic LeFebvre sponsored by The Cheese Store of Beverly Hills).  Upon arriving, I was pleasantly suprised that the place was already 1/3 full, despite being only 7pm on a Friday.  The space is small and cozy with long rectangular tables inside meant for sharing and small tables outside in the patio area.  (bonus - they have hooks under the stools so you can stow away your purse - every bar/restaurant should have this!)  Service was friendly and lovely - I was immediately escorted to a table where another group was already enjoying their meal so I couldn't help but ogle their choices.  Breadbar doesn't have a liquor license so you have to bring your own wine - on this day I brought one of my favorites - a Qupe Syrah - and started enjoying it while waiting for my dinner companion to arrive.

Ludobites' menu.
  (While waiting, I also met some old friends who were celebrating at Breadbar - how serendipitous!).  My friend brought a white wine (sauvignon blanc?) from Stag's Leap - also quite good.

Finally my friend arrived (yeah!) - and thus began the feasting!  We had the following:

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Feta Mousse and Olives - one of my favorites!  Chef Ludo told us that he handpicks the tomatoes at farmer markets, and indeed, they were amazingly plump, juicy and flavorful.  I don't think I've had better tomatoes all year!  Each bite was a burst of fresh flavors and the combination was amazing and perfectly balanced!  Sweet, juicy, salty ... I'm not even sure how to describe it to give it full justice, but I highly recommend this particular dish.

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Feta Mousse ... mmmmmmm..... soooo good

Pork Belly with Mango (?) Salsa - this was good but didn't really blow my mind.  Perhaps I've had too much pork belly in my life and have become too picky. 

Black Croque Monsieur - essentially a grilled cheese on black bread (squid ink) with serrano ham and foie gras.  Sounds decadent and was quite delectable - but at $26, it was a bit on the expensive side and a bit small.  Both my friend and I thought it would have been better if the foie gras was served on the side so you can truly appreciate its flavor.

Cheese plate - I can't really remember what cheeses we had (Nos. 19 and 21) - I really liked the first one - a sharp, tangy hard cheese.  Delish with the pummeled dates that were served alongside it, and the bread basket with echire butter.

Black Croque Monsieur (squid ink black bread, cheese, serrano ham and foie gras)

Prosciutto - buttery, soft tender slices of salty goodness!

Dungeness Crab & Calamari - very refreshing, light and sweet - like a little mound of seafood goodness atop a bed of creamy froth. 

Chocolate Mousse - dark chocolate with a shot of jalapenos and paprika (?) - there's quite a kick to this - perfect with a full bodied red wine.

The entire evening was lovely - sharing good food and wine with dear friends and meeting new ones.  Our server Erica was great - friendly, sweet and attentive.  Chef Ludo is quite charming and down-to-earth and seemed quite taken with my friend and kept stopping by and dropping off freebies.  (We later found out he is married ... )  When another friend joined us, they provided us a cheese plate even though the kitchen was already closed.

Pork Belly with mango salsa.
  We felt like total VIPs.  :)  Apparently the event will only run through Dec 2007 as Chef Ludo hinted that he will be opening a new restaurant soon.  I'm sure it'lll be awesome given his past successes.  But try Ludobites if you get the chance before it's gone.  (Tip: We were told Thursday nights were the best nights to come because someone from the Cheese Store is there with Chef Ludo. )

TRE69 says:
All the food you ordered looks scrumptious...I have to go here now!:D
Posted on: Nov 07, 2007
Kana says:
This place sounds like heaven. I wish it was in my neighborhood... Great pictures!!! ...although it is tough not being able to taste them. :P
Posted on: Oct 20, 2007
mellemel8 says:
yummers :P
Posted on: Oct 20, 2007
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The glimpse of Breadbars counter.
The glimpse of Breadbar's counter.
Ludobites menu.
Ludobites' menu.
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Feta Mo…
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Feta M…
Black Croque Monsieur (squid ink b…
Black Croque Monsieur (squid ink …
Pork Belly with mango salsa.
Pork Belly with mango salsa.
Cheese plate with dates and strawb…
Cheese plate with dates and straw…
ooo - our buttery, soft proscuitto…
ooo - our buttery, soft proscuitt…
Dungeness crab, calamari in a thic…
Dungeness crab, calamari in a thi…
Spicy chocolate mousse!
Spicy chocolate mousse!
Chef Ludo with Sybil.
Chef Ludo with Sybil.
Erica - our awesome server is in t…
Erica - our awesome server is in …
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