Korean Food USA is a new series that showcases Korean and Korean-inspired eateries all around the nation.
Chef Louis Kim, who has previously worked at the Four Seasons in Milan and at French Laundry, has brought his unparalleled cooking style to Erbe Matte, an Italian-Korean fusion restaurant settled on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills, CA. Erbe Matte, which translates to “wild herbs,” has both an indoor dining room and an outdoor patio, which has been furnished to give a very classy and chic ambiance. And though most of dishes on the menu is comprised of Italian cuisine, there are hints of Korean herbs and spices that have been incorporated into the cooking.
The biggest dilemma diners will face at Erbe Matte is trying to decide on which dish to select. One of the highly ordered dishes is their Penne with Braised Oxtail in Rosemary Tomato Sauce. The use of oxtail shows a slight Korean influence in that Koreans love using oxtail in their cooking, especially for Seolleongtang. The meat is very tender and the tomato sauce compliments it perfectly. For a more traditional Korean dish, diners can opt for the Kalbi Jjim, Korean marinated beef short ribs with ginseng, water chestnuts, and pine nuts. The flavors burst in your mouth, and the meat falls right off the bone.
As if the food is not amazing enough, Erbe Matte also has bartender, Eric Tecosky, creating delicious and clever drink concoctions. One of the drinks Tecosky makes called the Beverly Farms has kimchi-infused vodka, a mixture of spices, tomato juice, and martini olive juice. Who would have thought kimchi would end up in a cocktail?
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