What Laurent Quenioux Is Cooking at Vertical Wine Bar

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Laurent Quenioux, the wildly creative French chef who runs his own Bistro LQ in West Hollywood, is now doing double duty by also running the kitchen at Pasadena's Vertical Wine Bar. Quenioux lives in Pasadena and plans to split his time between both restaurants, possibly hinging on freeway conditions since both spaces are open only in the evening. Quenioux is preparing European cheese plates, charcuterie, pasta, shareable small plates, and bigger, meatier courses here, with seasonal selections that don't lean as heavily on animal parts as his westside digs do. There's a comte grilled cheese with zucchini flower and tortilla soup, Spanish chorizo pizza, duck leg confit and seared duck breast pomegranate glaze, yuzu curd, miso jus, and shishito puree, slow-roasted pork, and a rib eye with braised parsnips and a casserole of brussels sprouts, among the many dishes now gracing the menu. Check out Quenioux's entire menu below.

Vertical Wine Bar
70 N. Raymond Ave.
Pasadena

626-795-3999

Menu

ARTISANAL CHEESES
Three-$15, Five-$22, Seven-$28

BRILLAT SAVARIN FRAIS, France, cow
ROUZAIRE, France, cow
MANCHEGO, Spain, sheep
PECORINO FOGLIE DI NOCE, Italy, sheep
QUADRELLO DI BUFALA, Italy, buffalo
MUNSTER, France, cow
SAO JORGE, Portugal, cow
VALDEON, Spain, blue veined, cow, goat
LE CHARMAND, Switzerland, cow
Accompanied by: Roasted Red Pepper Dijon, Green
Ketchup, Orange Cranberry Relish, Persimmon
Quince Chutney, (Truffled Honey- add $2)

CHARCUTERIE
Three-$15, Five-$22, Seven-$28

MORTADELLA with PISTACHIOS, Italy
GARLIC SAUSAGE, Italy
SERRANO HAM, Spain
LOMO, Spain
CHORIZO DE ESPANA, USA
SOPPRESSATA, Italy
SAUSSISION SEC 'F. DÉLICES', France
SALAME GENTILE, France

STARTERS

SOUP $8
selection changes daily
WILD BABY ARUGULA SALAD $9
blue cheese, asian pear, riesling vinaigrette
TOMATO & BURRATTA $10
basil, truffle vinaigrette
BABY FRISEE ENDIVE SALAD $10
blue cheese panna cotta, cranberry relish, walnut
viniagrette
VEGETABLE SALAD $10
walnut oil, zucchini flower, balsamic
RED & GOLDEN BABY BEET $12
laura chenel cheese, persimmons chutney, sherry
vinaigrette
DIVER SCALLOPS $13
lobster fennel oatmeal, cinnamon

TASTE & SHARE

CREAMY POLENTA $9
poblanos, queso fresco
FRIED CALAMARI $9
apple aioli, tomato sauce, lemon
MARGHERITA PIZZA $9
tomato, mozzarella, basil
COMTE GRILLED CHEESE $10
zucchini flowers, tortilla soup
ARTICHOKES $10
goat cheese curd, tomatoes confit
CHORIZO PIZZA $10
tomato, mozzarella, basil
SLIDERS $10
cheddar, blue cheese, gruyere
CORN FRITTER $12
smoked salmon, crème fraiche
MUSSELS $12
chorizo de espana, saffron, coriander

PASTAS

PARPADELLE & MEATBALLS $15
salsify, cipolini onions, confit rhubarb
BUTTERNUT SQUASH RAVIOLI $15
brown butter, hazelnut, fresh sage
FARO RISOTTO TRUMPET MUSHROOMS $15
ajo blanco, caramelized onion
ASPARAGUS RISOTTO $15
shaved parmesan, basil

MAINS

OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN $24
braised cabbage, chestnut puree, huckleberries
SLOW ROASTED PORK $25
braised with cocoa and honey; pureed sweet
potato, salad of frisee, apples, raisins, pistachios
BLACK BASS $26
lentils, smoked bacon lardon, pequillo peppers
BEEF SHORT RIBS $26
celery root, quinoa infused with citrus zests,
merguez sausage
HANGER STEAK $26
glazed shallots, chanterelle, sunchoke puree, jus
ATLANTIC SALMON $27
creamed corn, fennel, tomatoes, asparagus
DUCK TWO WAYS $28
confit leg and seared breast, pomegranate glaze,
yuzu curd, shishito puree, miso jus
RIB EYE $35
12 oz. roasted rib eye, braised parsnips, brussels
sprout casserole

SIDES

Grilled Asparagus $7
Shoestring Fries $7
Creamed Brussels Sprouts $7
Sauteed Mushrooms $7
Truffled Mac & Cheese $8

DESSERTS

PROFITEROLE $8
vanilla and hazelnut gelato
CREME BRULE $8
of the day
BLOOD ORANGE AND PEAR SORBET $8
served citrus fruit salad
MOLTEN CHOCOLATE CAKE $8
served with vanilla gelato
BAKED APPLE TART $8
vanilla gelato, caramel drizzle