Earlier this year, acclaimed pastry chef Dominique Ansel announced that he was bringing a full-service restaurant to Los Angeles. While we knew that it would consist of brunch, dinner, cocktails, and pastries, we didn't know what else to really expect. Now, the Dominique Ansel sit-down restaurant, 189, has come to life, and it's taking culinary ingenuity to a whole new level.
189 by Dominique Ansel will consist of two floors, according to Food and Wine. The first floor will be a bakery featuring some of Ansel's signature items, along with some brand new creations exclusive to Los Angeles. On the second floor will be the sit-down restaurant, which will be open for brunch on weekends and dinner all week long. While Ansel has already alluded to some delicious dishes for his dinner menu on Instagram, his brunch concept is unlike anything we've ever seen before.
The brunch menu is called "Weekend Table," and will be served in a family-style fashion. As different dishes, including soft scrambled eggs and fried chicken with biscuits, leave the kitchen, you can add them to the center of your table and get a brunch card (written in emojis) stamped to indicate which items you order. Furthermore, instead of going egg-centric with his menu, Ansel is bringing in seasonally inspired dishes like DIY lobster rolls, Bloody Marys made to order, gorgonzola and shallot flatbreads, and maple-glazed pork shanks.
If this communal brunch feast and a masterfully crafted dinner menu sound appealing to you, make sure to head to the restaurant's website to secure reservations. Unfortunately, brunch reservations are already full for the month of November, but when December reservations open up, make sure to snag those. In the meantime, dinner is still available for those wanting to try some of Dominique Ansel's more savory creations.