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05 Mar 2015 USA TODAY: Barton G. in Los Angeles: Play with Your Food

Barton G. in Los Angeles: Play with Your Food

Bring your celebration here for incredible edible creations with top service and style

By
Los Angeles Local Expert

Barton G. is fine dining joined with fun dining. After years of success on South Beach in Florida, the restaurant created by Barton G. Weiss is now also on La Cienega in Los Angeles .

Each meal is a memorable experience, meeting all the senses with enticing fragrances, extraordinary food and over-the-top presentations. Barton G. Weiss pushes the boundary of what is possible, bringing unseen artistry to every aspect of the dining experience. The delicious culinary delights are paired with unbelievable presentation and top service.

You can play with your food at Barton G. in Los Angeles
Photo courtesy of Barton G.

This whimsical restaurant will surprise and delight every guest, with Lobster Pop Tarts served in a giant blue toaster, Blooming Sea Bass with flowering potatoes and popcorn shrimp in a popcorn machine.

Guests are clearly delighted, and conversation springs from table to table.

“Everything at the restaurant is calculated to inspire, tickling one’s intellect and appealing to all the senses,” says Barton G. Weiss. “We are bringing out the spirited side of fine dining — color, sound, texture, aroma and the stimulation of feeling as if transported far from anywhere you have ever been — to create an awe-inspiring style of eating and drinking unlike any other. It’s something that Los Angeles has yet to see.”

Inside Barton G on La Cienega
Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver

Barton G. Los Angeles offers an ever-evolving menu, including signature eye-catching creations such as the Bucket of Bones, which includes Korean barbecued short ribs, slow cooked Niman Ranch pork ribs, grilled lamb lollipops, honey barbecued chicken drumettes, crisp baby carrots, housemade pickles and honey gorgonzola dipping sauce.

Other inventions include the Mouse Trap Mac & Cheese, served on an over-sized wooden mouse trap; Say Ahhhh Surf ‘n’ Turf, with charbroiled Certified Angus filet mignon and crispy Santa Barbara spot prawns, roasted marrow, roots and local vegetables, chile béarnaise and black pepper bordelaise; and South Side Short Ribs, slow braised Wagyu beef short ribs with forest mushrooms, Dutch potatoes, asparagus and garlic-spiced Vidalia onion rings.

Your dessert is a chocolate treasure of indulgence
Photo courtesy of Lisa Ellen Niver

Completing the dining experience are dessert masterpieces by Corporate Executive Chef Luis Vasquez. Sweet creations range from Marshmallow Pizza, piped meringue “crust,” strawberry jelly sauce, agar onion rings and white chocolate “cheese” to Sweet Garden Pots, with potted cupcakes filled with crumbled brownie “soil” and green velvet cake “moss” topped with seasonal fruit.

The chocolate indulgence comes with a shovel and what appears to be a chocolate treasure chest with Warm Valrhona Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Ganache and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The 24-carat gold dust spoons can be eaten, and there are gold coins inside as well.

High-octane liquid nitrogen cocktails add to the exuberant meal, with selections such as the “Sin-Sation,” made with vanilla vodka and rose petal nectar, topped with Champagne and served with a housemade nitrogen popsicle. And “Diamonds are Forever” features citrus vodka, triple sec and lemonade alongside a citrus vodka popsicle and sugar stick.

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Lisa Niver

After exploring 99 countries and sailing for seven years on the high seas, Lisa Niver is ready for more active adventures! Find her We Said Go Travel videos with over 1.25 million views on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and YouTube. Her stories include Dutch designer villas for Luxury Magazine, interviewing Fabien Cousteau for Delta Sky, skiing with the blind for Sierra and WWII for Saturday Evening Post and Smithsonian. She is verified on both Twitter and Facebook and is the Adventure Correspondent for The Jet Set TV. Her latest projects are 50 new things before she is 50 and Facebook Live for USA Today 10best. She has run 13 Travel Writing Awards publishing nearly 2000 writers from 75 countries and this summer is the first We Said Go Travel Photo Competition. She was a winner in the 59th annual 2016 Southern California Journalism Awards for her print column in The Jewish Journal. She was invited to the United Nations as a Champions of Humanity ambassador, to the red carpet at the Oscars with United Airlines and to New Orleans with American Express and Starwood Hotels. She also contributes to USA Today, Wharton Business Magazine, the Jewish Journal and was a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, a 2014 nominee for the Charles Bronfman Prize and a finalist in two categories for the 59th annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

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