If cooks never borrowed from other cultures, restaurants would be bereft of such innovations as the denver omelet, the mexican pizza, and the tartan chefs’ hat. Partake of flavors from foreign lands with today's Groupon: for $35, you get an internationally inspired dinner for two at Out Take Bistro in Studio City (up to a $77.65 value). The dinner includes:
- A shared appetizer (up to a $12 value)
- Two entrees with two small signature salads (up to a $20.95 value each)
- A shared dessert (up to a $7.75 value)
- Two glasses of wine or beer (up to an $8 value each)
Salvador-born chef Alfredo Rodriguez merges culinary traditions from across the globe to forge Out Take Bistro's extensive and eclectic dinner menu. Culinary companions begin gourmet pilgrimages in the Far East with a plate of subtly spicy shrimp pot stickers, sautéed and tossed in zesty sesame dressing amid a backdrop of snow peas, baby greens, and enoki mushrooms. Two small signature salads, romaine misted with miso dressing, shower palates clean before they dive into main courses such as the Atlantic salmon, which dons a dark cape of blackened spices alongside a roma-tomato and caper sidekick, bravely protecting tables and winning over the jaded denizens of Metropolis. Atop a bed of steamy fettuccini, a red-wine-and-herb reduction permeates a tender lamb shank, and a selection of homemade ravioli delivers delicious pasta packages of pumpkin, crab, or ricotta and spinach to tongue doorsteps. A closer of warm apple strudel crowned with homemade ice cream and ribbons of chocolate and caramel brings meals to a decadent end.
A panoply of red, white, and sparkling wines join draft and bottled beer such as Newcastle and Stella Artois to gild glasses atop the dark wooden bar. Pale-yellow walls bear richly hued oil paintings and opulent burgundy curtains as a giant wagon-wheel chandelier hangs from the ceiling in tribute to the owner's semester abroad spent on the Oregon Trail. Outside, the covered patio flanks its sunny dining space with crosshatched wood dividers alongside an array of leafy foliage.
Out Take Bistro
Within Out Take Bistro, fragrances hinting at culinary roots in Europe, Asia, and the Americas rise past velvet curtains the color of merlot and through a wagon-wheel chandelier. Plates greet mouths bearing fare such as wonton soup, ukranian borscht, and ravioli, or entrees highlighting Atlantic salmon and new york Angus steak. A full bar with wood paneling sits at one end of a dining space lined with warm-hued Italian tiles, much like those used to craft Caesar's early skate parks. Guests sink into furniture with dark-wood accents in the main dining room, letting peepers wander to fireplaces and still-life paintings of the fire in its infancy. On an outdoor patio, warm breezes roll across feasts, playfully tousling napkins and the leaves of potted plants.
11929 Ventura Blvd.
Studio City, California 91604