The Monster heads to Trois Mec. He doesn’t love the whole ticket policy/pre-buy on the net shenanigans but he does like Ludo’s cooking and what Vinny & Jon have done with their mini-empire of dude food.
By now if your food obsessed you surely know the drill. The space is a revamped Raffallo’s on Melrose and Highland with no sign save the one beckoning for pizza and only twenty-four coveted slots. Two seatings per night. Come on time or you miss courses that will not be made up (think of this as theater for your mouth). It’s all pre-fix and only veggies can be accommodated. Sorry vegans/gluten free. No wine may be brought in from your personal stash. So far this is a recipe for Monster disaster. But how does it all play out?
The Monster must admit he enjoys the night immensely. There is a wonderful playfulness with the food and service that belies the serious and heady French techniques that Ludo employs. The two bottles of wine consumed help as well.
If you’re big on flashy ingredients this might not be your thing. In fact, if you add up the cost of the ingredients you consume you very well might top out at ten dollars. Not quite a steal when the meal all in with tax and tip runs you nearly one hundred presidents before you step foot in the door.
The best of the meal are the dishes that actually transcend the ingredients. Anyone who knows Ludo’s fried chicken can surely understand the man can transform simple into the sublime. You’ll get a couple snacks to start, a bevy of dishes to follow and two desserts to round out the meal.
Now, The Monster would love to get all serious and tell you dish for dish what he has and how he enjoys it. Not happening. Two bottles of wine (and the fact that the evening is his fifth wedding anniversary) means he’d rather sit back and take it all in than write up notes or worry about details. But therein is really the point of coming here anyway. Relax, enjoy, eat, drink.
So, if you are looking for surprise with each bite and a unique approach to dinner than Trois Mec is worth a shot. You can tell Ludo and crew are having fun. And that fun rock and roll energy is what you’ll feel after the meal when he stops by your table for a handshake and a thank you.
All that behind us, this is not every night eats and The Monster isn’t sure how quickly he’ll rush back. But for those who eagerly anticipated ink’s opening or love a meal at Coi, Trois Mec is a fitting place to spend one’s evening that falls somewhere between.
Why go? You thought you were getting pizza.
Monster rating: 4½/5 Monsters
716 North Highland Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038