Hey everybody. I only just found out about this forum a few weeks ago, and it’s been a fantastic resource so far. Hope my first real thread is useful.
I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try out Chef Virgilio Martinez, who has the distinction of being the best restaurant in Latin America right now (at least, according to the San Pellegrino list). Overall, I have had nothing but stellar experiences at Somni. It’s my fourth time dining here since it’s opened, and each time, it’s been exceptional. The staff is so friendly, and that’s all the way down from the top. Aitor Zabala and GM Eric Jeffay (who hasn’t taken a day off since Somni opened) really ensure that everybody has not just great food, but a really great time. On to the food!
We got the non-alcoholic pairing, which is a bunch of house-made grape juices
Virgilio’s first ecosystem:
Classic Somni dish, and still one of my favorites. Shiso leaf and tartare inside.
Firefly squid was so good… and that sauce is so creamy.
Craziest looking dish of the night. We didn’t eat the piranha heads – they were just for display. Virgilio told us customs held him up for 5 hours because he was traveling with these crazy things.
This was pork. Skin is perfectly crispy and meat is tender.
I already wish I was back eating here again. We walked away full, and happy. All all around outstanding experience. Somni continues to have my vote for the best food experience I think LA has to offer.