Trois Mec is a high-powered collaboration between Chef Ludo Lefebvre and his partners, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun, Jon & Vinny's). Trois Mec, which loosely translates to “three guys”, opened in June 2013 in the former Raffallo's Pizza at a strip mall off Highland. The old sign is still hanging outside, offering a low-key hint at the fine dining experience that awaits inside. Trois Mec features a constantly changing five-course tasting menu that’s priced at $85 per person. Every other Friday morning at 10 a.m. Pacific, the highly coveted dinner tickets are released for a two-week period that begins 10 days from the release date. Recent dishes include grilled pork loin, cabbage, bok choy and juniper; grilled corn, velouté, king crab, Szechuan pepper and mimolette; and Carolina Gold rice pudding, brown butter and egg yolk. The tasting menu is accompanied by “snacks” such as Clark Street country bread, Santa Barbara spot prawn ceviche with Okinawan sweet potato purée, wild herb tart with pistachio, and miso creme brûlée with cured salmon roe.
For diners that want to skip the ticketing system, head next door to Petit Trois, the trio’s no-reservations bistro that serves classics like French onion soup, steak tartare, Burgundy escargots, bouillabaisse and ribeye steak aux poivres with frites maison. Perhaps the most-talked about dish is the deceptively simple omelette, a remarkably blond creation with Boursin pepper cheese, chives and lightly dressed greens. The full bar offers signature cocktails like the Fleur de Mal (rose petal-infused vodka, ruby grapefruit, lemon), Mule Paresseux (reposado tequila, mezcal, ginger beer) and Bellocq’s Shot, made with rye whiskey, pastis sugar cube and Creole bitters.