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Tar & Roses

Farm-centric hot spot w/ wood-fired oven

$$$

A pricey ($30-60) new american restaurant with organic meat & flexitarian options in (@ 6th St) (Santa Monica) with critics pick & date night offerings.

Tue-Sat: 5:30pm-10:30pm Sun: 5:30pm-9:30pm

310-587-0700

www.tarandroses.com/

602 Santa Monica Blvd.

(@ 6th St)

Review By Laura Mordas-Schenkein

This rustic-meets-urban hotspot is a love song to all things wood-fired. The smoky scent of smoldering wood wafts through the warmly lit room, an earthy juxtaposition to the after-work suit-and-cocktail-dress crowd that vies for one of the in-demand tables.

The contemporary small plates menu is heavy on high-quality meats like drool-worthy steaks and poultry, plus nose-to-tail offerings like braised lamb belly and bone marrow. (Wood roasting helps seal in the juices.) �n the other hand, we happily found appetizers to be focused on Santa �onica Farmers �arket-sourced vegetables, shifting with the seasons.

Also on the meatless tip, a luscious plate of lemony ricotta gnocchi with tender fava beans, spinach and asparagus left us scraping the bowl clean. And for pescetarians? Being close to the Pacific, it’s hard to resist sampling the seafood. Forgo the shellfish pot and opt for the day’s whole fish; our branzino was nothing short of spectacular.

CLEAN BITES

Party of four or more? Order a week in advance for a T&R supper featuring a family-style three course meal.

The wood used changes daily, alternating between walnut, oak, almond, apple and almond.

Chef Andrew Kirschner previously did stints at other Clean Plates-approved restaurants: Joe’s, Wilshire and Axe.