33: Cauliflower T-Bone at Superba Snack Bar.
It's not very often that, at an eatery with a meat-loving menu, the dish that reverberates through your sense memory for weeks is the vegan option. And yet, that's the case at Superba Snack Bar, the Venice Beach “modern pasteria” that's also capable of working magic with veggies.
The cauliflower T-bone comes cut in a thick slab; its construct and cooking is such that it's supposed to resemble a steak of sorts. Whether or not it reminds you of meat is beside the point — the cooking does, however, give it a heft and a crispy exterior that are deeply satisfying on some kind of Neanderthal lizard-brain level. Fire … crunch … gooood.
Served in a slick of basil puree and topped with the bright-salty combination of citrus and olives plus the pop of golden sultanas, it's a dish that covers all points on the taste spectrum — sweet, salty, herbal, plus the vegetal base and slight funk of the cauliflower itself. Paired with a glass of rosé on a verging-on-chill evening, it'll have you reminiscing for weeks to come.
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