Sunday, September 11, 2016

LAQ BBQ at Japanese Knife Imports (Beverly Hills, CA)

LAQ BBQ at Japanese Knife Imports
8642 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Sun 09/11/2016, 07:00p-08:40p

Japanese Knife Imports Exterior

If you recall, a while back I attended a pretty top-notch backyard barbecue put on by one Michael Lee, an attorney-turned-pitmaster who's been smoking meat as a hobby for over 10 years. Since that last meal, Lee's decided to turn his passion for 'cue into a business, and officially launched LAQ BBQ last Sunday during a pop-up dinner at Jon Broida's Japanese Knife Imports. Our meal was priced at $55 a person (tickets available via Eventbrite), all-inclusive.

Japanese Knife Imports Interior
The inside of Broida's boutique--a favorite shopping destination for many of our City's chefs--converted to restaurant duty.

Bread Placement Cutting to the Bone
A small kitchen area was set up in the back of the store.

Barbeque Plate
Here we see the base plate of barbecue that everyone started with.

White Beans
White Beans
Lee lived in New Orleans for several years, so his sides tend to have a Louisiana/Southern bent to them. White beans made for a cozy dish. I got a wonderfully smoky depth courtesy of ham hocks, but one balanced by the earthy, bitter collard greens.

Gripping Meat Slicing & Plating
Lee and assistant Tad Weyland in action.

Beef Plate Short Rib
Beef Plate Short Rib
We each got a whole dry-rubbed short rib, which made up the bulk of our dinner. As expected, the beef arrived juicy, tender, a marriage of fat, lean, and smoke. My favorite part? That charred, crusty bark and its spicing from the dry rub.

The slaw was actually a marked improvement from last time, and showcased a spot on balance of tangy and creamy.

St. Louis Pork Ribs
St. Louis Pork Ribs
Lee's dry-rubbed ribs were a standout. The meat tore cleanly off the bone, and displayed a superb balance of porkiness and smoke, of sweetness and spice, and had a delightfully crisp crust to boot. It was easy to keep eating these guys.

Next was a Louisiana-style brown jambalaya with chicken and sausage. This was another homey side, with some lovely spicing and a great char on the sausage.

Beef Brisket
Beef Brisket
Last up was arguably my favorite of the meats. Made with Snake Rivers Farms American wagyu, the brisket ate super tender, super moist, its fatty, beefy flavors accented by char and hits of salt and spice. A fitting end to the meal.

Lee once again delivered some bang-up barbeque this evening, barbeque that can very likely stand up to our City's best. I'm curious to see where he takes this. I believe his plans are to start catering, and who knows, maybe one day there'll be a restaurant in the works.

Butterscotch with Toasted Walnuts & Earl Grey Ice Creams
For dessert, we headed over to Sweet Rose Creamery. Pictured above: Butterscotch with Toasted Walnuts and Earl Grey, with whipped cream and toasted almonds.


Blogger Ralph Wiggum said...

This looks so damn good. Very jealous and would love to catch the next one. I had the pleasure of trying his BBQ once and loved it.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 1:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meh. 5/10.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 7:12:00 PM  
Blogger kevinEats said...

I'm curious Ralph, how do you know Mike?

Sunday, September 18, 2016 3:18:00 AM  

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