Each week, we present our most delicious bite.
This week, the lima bean raviolini with lemon cream, purple basil, pecorino at Cube Cafe, Cheese Bar & Marketplace in Los Angeles, California.
This extraordinary little plate arrived in front of me after a particularly long and difficult week. I was in search of a quiet, contemplative dinner and a nice glass of red wine to celebrate the arrival of the weekend. What I received was the unexpected surprise of “delicious goosebumps,” a phrase that I jokingly use to describe dishes that are so perfectly composed that it literally causes a physical reaction, an almost shocking surprise of suddenly recognizing that you are enjoying the brilliance of the perfect pairing of food flavor and texture. For those that work in the hospitality industry, this is a religious experience, that moment when all conversation ceases and the table suddenly commands the attention. It is a startlingly delicious moment. And although we are incredibly fortunate to have a great deal of delicious food at our disposal these days, this experience is very rare, indeed.
This dish is presented in two sizes, a smaller portion (pictured above) for $10, and an entree sized portion for $16. It was enjoyed alongside two others, a seasonal panzanella market tomatoes, avocado, persian cucumbers, olive oil croutons, parsley, shallots, sherry vinaigrette ($11) and braised baby octopus, charred radicchio, cipollini onion marmelata ($9). Three small plates that made for one magnificent dinner. Oh, and there was also that great glass of red. Truth be told, more than one.