Seems there is no dedicated Bestia thread on the forums, do we all eat there too often to report on it?
I guess maybe so!
This isn’t even a full report I guess, since I just stopped in for pasta and dessert (and drinks). I pre-gamed it with cocktails before going to a concert literally two blocks away, and then came back from some food. I forgot to shoot the cocktails, but let me tell you guys, the Low Profile they are making right now is the best cocktail I have ever had in my life, and I don’t normally like mezcal cocktails. I think I literally stop in at Bestia almost every other day to drink one…
So anyway, their newest pasta is very basic and hearty. A fusili with beef ragu, and veal katsuobushi. Now that is deceptively simple because I have no idea what veal katsuobushi is, or even might be. Katsuobushi is dried, fermented, and smoked skipjack tuna… so I assume this was veal that was dried, fermented, and smoked? Pretty wild stuff. The tuna is usually in shavings, but it seems the veal version was a kind of pate that got mixed into the pasta, a sort of double-ragu feature that added a fermented, salty, but beef-y funk on top of the other beef-y heartiness of the ragu… really odd, yet completely delicious in a simple, direct way.
The other possibility is that the menu is sort of misprinted, and there is a veal pate + regular katuobushi shaved on top of the dish since in the photo the shavings look like normal katsuobushi. I am afraid I was too deep into cocktails and great wine to ask about details, I need to ask when I pop back in. The flavor effect was the same in either case, and the dish overall showcases the subtle, but phenomenal cooking that keeps Bestia flooded with celebrities (Phil Rosenthal was in the house along with a few others on this particular night haha). The pasta itself was just cooked so perfectly that it kind of make me want to kill the chef in the way that Johnny Depth’s character in Once Upon A Time in Mexico kills a chef that makes cochinita pibil really good.
The peanut brittle and banana ice cream bar that is new to the desserts is really nice. Kind of like a semifreddo in texture, heavy on the banana essence. The peanut cream on the side and the bruleed bananas were also lovely. Desserts are always fun and tasty at Bestia and not overwhelming =)