I think I would rather bathe in lava than go to Canon Drive in BH on a Friday evening, during the pandemic, with a long line of bling-y showoffs, d-bags, and poseurs (many “making an unmasked point”) queuing and praying for an outside table at Wally’s. But I would go anywhere to try Josh Gil’s food.
Tacos Puntas used to do a night time omakase of “real food” once a month when Josh got to show off his prodigious talents that extend way beyond the excellent taco and tostada game he was playing at TPC.
How strange it is to find him in Beverly Hills. I do fear many of the local natives will pass on the exoitc-ness of what he is attempting, and market forces my push him to dumb down the cuisine, but at the moment he is not pandering to them at all.
Take a look at this menu
Everything we had was outstanding. Perhaps the incredible combination the crab and corn in the tostada was my favorite but the Mexican XO sauce on the lettuce stems was a particularly mindblowing case of Chino-Latino cuisine.
The tortillas that came with the whole snapper were fantastic, heirloom, handmade red conico corn and flour.
Glazed lettuce stem.ogo salsa roja.guajes.xo sauce
Grilled octopus.chicken skin.avocado.ayocote beans.preserved lemon
Dungeness crab.corn.avocado.salsa matcha
Whole fried baja snapper.chili chintexle.masa jus.tomatillo milpero
GREEN LANTERN (cucumber.jalapeno.cilantro.celery.fennel.lime.tequila)
To be sure this his menu is expensive and “fine dining.” It surely blows away Dred-O. More closely aligns with Broken Spanish, but quite different and unique.
Cocktails were excellent as well loved La Ranfla (a tequila based homage to a Negroni with enchiloka tamarind chile.tropique.excelia blanco)
Going back soon.
Very Loud Cars with Doors that Open “Up” instead of “Out” - aka Scissor Doors (I had to look that up for this post) - many, many