Earlier this year, acclaimed pastry chef Dominique Ansel announced that he was bringing a full-service restaurant to Los Angeles. While we knew that it would consist of brunch, dinner, cocktails, and pastries, we didn’t know what else to really expect. Now, the Dominique Ansel sit-down restaurant, 189, has come to life, and it’s taking culinary ingenuity to a whole new level.
LA! A first look at what we’re planning for our Weekend Table at @189DominiqueAnsel. We’re turning the tables on what brunch can be, and there’s no menus whatsoever. Instead, we’ll serve up a communal feast of ever-changing dishes served family-style, like our “Crunchy Over Crispy” Fried Chicken and fluffy buttermilk biscuits. As dishes come out of the kitchen, add them to the cutting boards at the center of your table, and get a stamp on your brunch cards (it’s written in emojis 🤣). There’s eggs too, don’t worry – fluffy soft scrambled eggs with chives and shallots, and plenty of coffee, to start. It’s a weekend table in our home and kitchen, served each Saturday and Sunday. Reservations launch TODAY AT NOON PT via @RESY for Weekend Table (starting Sat Nov 4th) and Dinner (starting Sat Nov 11th). Can’t wait to meet you all soon! #WeekendTable #189byDominiqueAnsel #DAinLA @TheGroveLA
189 by Dominique Ansel will consist of two floors, according to Food and Wine. The first floor will be a bakery featuring some of Ansel’s signature items, along with some brand new creations exclusive to Los Angeles. On the second floor will be the sit-down restaurant, which will be open for brunch on weekends and dinner all week long. While Ansel has already alluded to some delicious dishes for his dinner menu on Instagram, his brunch concept is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.
Next up for our Weekend Table at @189byDominiqueAnsel: our Maple Glazed Pork Shank with winter spice marinade, clove, and triple citrus zest. Reservations for Weekend Table and dinner launch TODAY at 12pm PT on Resy and via our site (dominiqueanselLA.com). It’s our very own version of what we wish brunch could be: a feast of dishes that continuously change seasonally, served up family style here in our home. See you soon, #LA. #WeekendTable #189byDominiqueAnsel #DAinLA
The brunch menu is called “Weekend Table,” and will be served in a family-style fashion. As different dishes, including soft scrambled eggs and fried chicken with biscuits, leave the kitchen, you can add them to the center of your table and get a brunch card (written in emojis) stamped to indicate which items you order. Furthermore, instead of going egg-centric with his menu, Ansel is bringing in seasonally inspired dishes like DIY lobster rolls, Bloody Marys made to order, gorgonzola and shallot flatbreads, and maple-glazed pork shanks.
If this communal brunch feast and a masterfully crafted dinner menu sound appealing to you, make sure to head to the restaurant’s website to secure reservations. Unfortunately, brunch reservations are already full for the month of November, but when December reservations open up, make sure to snag those. In the meantime, dinner is still available for those wanting to try some of Dominique Ansel’s more savory creations.