May 16, 2012
Ba opens in Highland Park
It was almost called Le Singe et Le Violon Contreplaqué.
Good thing owner and chef James Graham questioned how Google-able that might be and went with his second choice: Ba.
Everything else about Ba is just as abbreviated: The tiny French restaurant is just 900 square feet of simple charm — concrete floors, paisley curtains, art by CB1-represented artists.
The menu offers just four apps, four entrees, and four desserts that change seasonally.
Flavors are where Ba goes big, with fragrant, flavorful dishes duck liver mousse with caramelized onions, a classic beef bourguignonne, and tarragon chicken.
Close the deal with the chocolate mousse in almond tuile.
Pair up with a French wine or craft beer, both of which also come from very short lists.
So thankfully, you won’t need to read much French.
5100 York Blvd. (N. Ave 51), Highland Park
Price: 3 (out of 4) Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Scene: Third dates, Francophiles, and Highland Park elite
Best bets: Swiss chard; beef bourguignonne; chocolate mousse
Hot seat: A two-top in the back
Nearby: The York; Little Cave; Verdugo