Friday nights are kind of sacred for me and Dan aka, the love of my life. It’s the end of the week and we usually start the evening kicking back, enjoying the peace that descends when the stress of the week slips away. And yes, we might possibly partake in some helpful sacraments to bring this mellow state about. So we usually don’t make it out of the house until around 10 or 11, which means our dinner choices are slim pickins’. Always shocking to me in a city this big that after 11pm, there’s almost no place that serves good food!
But I had a plan for us. A girlfriend told me she had tried a fabulous new restaurant relatively close by, thought it was open late… Aroma Restaurant in Silverlake AND she said it wasn’t ridiculously expensive! Always good by me! We arrived around 10:25 and while the sign said it closed at 10:30, the head waiter was shaking his head, saying the chef had shut the stove off. Damn! Foiled again! I sighed and we were just leaving, when the chef/owner Edin scurried out and welcomed us into the place like we were family.
From then on, it was one treat after another! The recalcitrant waiter transformed into the sweetest, most helpful guy on the planet and swooped down bringing us two glasses of Pinot Noir. He then shooed away the menus we grabbed while passing the bar, proudly reciting a fabulous list of specials, each one sounding better than the last. We had a simple salad that was perfect in presentation and taste, then an amazing terrine of mushrooms with a sauce on it that was well….it was just simply divine. When I asked what the name of it was, the waiter said, Just ask for the “Divine Dish” and the chef will know what to make.
We shared a super yummy fish and ended the meal with al pear poached in red wine.
To say the meal was perfect is an understatement. As we were finishing our dinner, the place emptied out and we were the last ones there. The entire staff, including Edin, the chef, sat down to dinner, which somehow made me feel warm and friendly. Edin used to be the head chef at Valentino’s and it was sweet that he cared so much about his staff that he wanted them to experience a good meal after working so hard. The crew really seemed happy to be together and create this wonderful food for the public. I haven’t had such a seamless food experience in a long time. Food that was absolutely delicious, a welcoming and happy atmosphere and pretty reasonable prices. The place isn’t fancy… when I first walked in, I wondered just how good the food could be. But one taste and I was hooked.
I know I’ll be back over and over again.
Aroma is 2903 W Sunset Blvd (Cross Street: Silver Lake Boulevard)