Patina celebrates its diamond  anniversary at Disney Hall

Patina celebrates its diamond anniversary at Disney Hall

On your mark, get set, go make a reservation at Patina for Oct. 10, when the stand-out fine-dining destination (one of only a few in Los Angeles) celebrates its 10th anniversary tucked inside an architectural icon, the equally 10-year-old Walt Disney Concert Hall.

By Irene Lacher 09/11/2013

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The L.A. Phil will host its own festivities in honor of its spectacular home base, but there on ground level, San Marino’s Joachim Splichlal, Patina’s founding chef and owner, has picked that evening for a “limited edition” Ten Year Tastings Menu of dishes for $10 each. The collection, as Patina likes to call it, features dishes created by Splichlal and Executive Chef Charles Olalia, whose background includes gigs at the French Laundry in Yountville and Larry Ellison’s Oracle, where he was the corporate chef. My recommendations from a preview of a few dishes include the Santa Barbara Spot Prawns, lightly cooked and coupled with a lovely carrot mousse and celery vinaigrette, and the tender Atlantic Black Bass with crispy skin and barigoule — bacon atop a delicate artichoke heart in a seasoned broth.

Also that evening from 7 to 9, Patina hosts “The Soirée” on the patio, where foodies can savor Olalia’s canapés, oyster and champagne pairings from Sommelier Silvestre Fernandes, live music and mingling with Patina’s culinary team. Tickets cost $100.

Of course, many culinary notables have passed through Patina’s kitchen at some point, and the restaurant is bringing back a few as guest chefs for a couple of evenings. First up is Theo Schoenegger, executive chef of Sinatra inside Encore at the Wynn Las Vegas, who will design a completely different menu on Oct. 2 and 3.

Finally, Splichal promises a “Put on Your Patina Toque” contest, where he will challenge Patina-philes to put their spin on a dish he selects from the restaurant’s first menu at Disney Hall. The winner receives a one-on-one training session with Splichal and Olalia, two tickets to The Soirée and the prize of having his/her winning recipe featured on Patina’s menu.


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