It’s the night of Thursday, Feb. 13. West Pico Boulevard is full of life. There are yeshiva boys eating at the outside cafes, mothers preparing for Shabbat, and cars whizzing by. Though a lot of Jews don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, which occurred on Friday, Feb. 14 this year, those who did, and those who just wanted a special romantic evening out, stopped by Got Kosher for Harissa Night.
The restaurant, which is known for its pretzel challahs and distinctive blend of French and Tunisian inspired cuisine, created a special menu for the holiday. Customers sat either inside the warm and cozy restaurant or at the outside tables underneath the fiery lamps. They dined on the four-course prix-fixe, candle-lit dinners, which were $45 per person.
The appetizer was a strawberry salad, made with greens and a champagne vinaigrette. It was light, fresh, and got my taste buds jumping and full of excitement for what was to come.
The next course consisted of Got Kosher’s signature krab cakes, which were sliders accompanied by chipotle mayo and harissa aioli. The flavors from the cakes melt in your mouth. I was tempted to order another round, but I had to save room for Harissa Night’s main contender.
A rib-eye steak layered with a thick topping of fresh, mildly spicy Got Kosher harissa was the main course. The spicy layer was an ideal complement to the meat. On the side were creamy mashed potatoes and perfectly cooked carrots. The harissa-topped, spinach stuffed salmon I also tried was flaky, tender, and delicious, and came with lemon saffron couscous.
The dessert, a molten chocolate lava cake with a raspberry coulis topping in a heart shape, was a classic Got Kosher finishing touch. It was rich and the raspberry added a sweet touch to baked treat.
Though Harissa Night was a special occasion, Got Kosher is open Sunday through Thursday for lunch and dinner (call for Friday hours). The other popular menu items include the schnitzel on a pretzel, the chakchouka with merguez, an egg, and pita bread, and the incredible soups, which change daily. You can also stop by for Shabbat catering and pick from a wide range of sensational menu items that are always changing.
High quality food is a given at Got Kosher. Whether you’re stopping by for a quick lunch, or you’re dining out with your significant other, you’ll find something to love on the menu every day of the year.
Got Kosher is located at 8914 West Pico Boulevard, and the phone number is (310) 858-1920. Visit and view the menu online at http://www.gotkosherla.com.