Date Spot Review: Blackship
Blackship is taking a spin on fusion that I have not had before: Italian and Japanese. They have some hits and some misses; but the overall vibe, culinary risk taking, and pretty restaurant decor make it for a good date spot choice.
Blackship is located in West Hollywood on Santa Monica Blvd. The cocktail menu is good and worth an aperitif. They integrate many Japanese whiskeys and gins into their drinks which is something fun to try and very on theme for their food. I particularly enjoyed the Toki’s Miracle, which combines Campari, sweet vermouth, and Japanese whiskey.
The restaurant itself is very pretty. The outside patio is lovely and has nice illumination making it quite romantic. The inside has fun, youthful decor. The differently decorated walls gives your eyes something to rest on between courses.
The food is quite creative. Japanese and Italian is not the most natural mix, but it is mostly executed well. I particularly enjoyed Shungiku Gnocchi with Brussels sprouts, brown butter dashi, and pecorino. The gnocchi was such a wonderful pillow feel, just how you would want it to be. The T.K.G Arancini were my favorite item on the menu and a must get. The waitress informed me that they are very well known for their Hamachu Bolognese. This I would skip especially if you are getting other pastas. The hamachi is prepared just like a beef bolognese, and there is something off about eating a pasta dish that looks and tastes like beef, but smells like fish. The flavoring was good, I just would have kept it a little more simple and done a wagyu beef bolognese. Of the desserts the Hisho Caramel Miso Budino is definitely the winner and lovely end to the meal.
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