Phill made reservations for my birthday dinner at the much talked about 71Above restaurant that soars above the city with its impressive views from the namesake 71st floor of the US Bank Tower in downtown LA. While our reservation wasn’t until 8, we arrived at 7:30 hoping to at least catch the sunset at the bar. Fortunately we were able to be seated immediately and we caught the last glimpse of the sun before it set behind the mountains and marine layer. We enjoyed the view with some cocktails. Phill had the Thai Town while I had the Angelino Heights, both were rum-based drinks, and good.
Farm egg with crispy potato, chorizo, finger lime and cilantro. The dish was really good, mixed altogether it was like gravy for the chorizo which tasted prominently in every bite.
Phill went with the White Corn soup with chicharron, aleppo, Applewood-smoked avocado and cilantro. It was definitely sweet, but the sweetness was balanced with the avocado.
Phill enjoying the view while we wait for the next course.
Next up we had the pasta, gigli, with black truffle, taleggio, breadcrumbs and chives. It was rather chewy and plain, even with the specks of black truffle there wasn’t much flavor. Disappointing.
The sweetbreads were much better, possibly one of the better sweetbreads I’ve had.
It started to get dark for our third course.
The diver scallops with potato, ramp kimchi, bonito and white balsamic. The scallops were good, though the dish was quite small for an “entree.”
The ribeye was our favorite entree, but that’s not saying much.
It came with baby leeks, onion cream, mojo rojo, tomato jam, pine nuts and currants. It all tasted quite well together, though the meat was quite unremarkable.
The last of our savory dishes was the chicken with swiss chard, beets, black truffle, dried cherry, and jus gras. It was rather plain with the pine nuts overpowering ever bite of the meat.
For dessert we had the Pineapple & Passion.
It came with brown butter, rum, tarragon, cream cheese, lime and white chocolate. It was a nice light finish to the heavy meal.
All in all 71Above makes for a good dining experience as long as you go in expecting the best part to be the views. While none of the dishes were outright bad, there weren’t too many standout dishes for a place this expensive. Still I’m very glad Phill made the reservation and was more than happy to spend my birthday dinner with him.