Pacific Standard Time tasting menu at the Getty


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Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945–1980’ opened at the Getty Center this month. To coincide with the exhibit, Getty Restaurant chef Mayet Cristobal has created a prix-fixe tasting menu that represents food in Los Angeles, dubbed Five Decades of Food and Culture, and highlights locally sourced food and wine. You can eat your way through the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Hello, fondue.

On the tasting menu: 1940s chicken liver and bacon paté with brandied cherries, watercress and pecan raisin bread; 1950s poached lobster and asparagus casserole with crispy potato, shaved truffle and American caviar; 1960s steak Diane with fingerling potatoes, caramelized onion, wild mushrooms and Bloomsdale spinach; 1970s ‘Brie fondue’ (puff pastry baked Brie) with brioche, orange marmalade and balsamic; and 1980s ‘mud pie,’ a coffee sabayon with chocolate crust and dark chocolate ganache. The cost is $70 per person ($92 with wine paring).


The Getty Restaurant is open for dinner Saturdays only, but a prix-fixe lunch is also available daily. It’s $34 per person, $46 with pairings. On the menu: ‘Waldorf Salad’ with bibb lettuce, Granny Smith apples, dried cranberries, walnuts, celery and creamy cider dressing; braised beef au jus, Yukon Gold whipped potatoes, pearl onion, baby carrots and rainbow chard; and butterscotch pudding with salted caramel and Chantilly cream.

1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, (310) 440-6810,


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