Jamie Lauren is already doing whatever she wants to in LA, so it's about time the new chef stepped up to the plate at Absinthe. And Adam Keough, who's resume encompasses work with Joshua Skenes and Michael Mina, will do so today. We caught up with Keough this morning to talk shop. He mentioned Lauren's menu was pushing the envelope on French brasserie fare a bit more than he'd like to; he's going to dial it back to offer some classic French dishes like beef bourguignon.
Now here's a look at what he's done on the dinner menu to date. At the same time, he'll be adding more sandwiches and entree-size salads to the day menu and ramping up the bar menu to fuel the busy crowds that convene in the front of the restaurant nightly. At the bar, he'll be having a bit more fun with approachable bites like corn fritters with spicy sauce and housemade garlic pretzels: items he expects to work equally well for casual diners and those headed out to the symphony. It sounds as if Keough was looking to make the switch from fine-dining work at Michael Mina even before this job at Absinthe came up; needless to say he's raring to go.