Sunday, May 31, 2015

Petrossian Caviar and Champagne Bar: Pre-Flights of Fancy at LAX

LAX never used to be a place where you'd actually look forward to spending time before your flight.

Until they made like Hollywood magic-makers, and gave the place an extreme makeover, starting with the Tom Bradley International Terminal. They introduced high end designer boutiques, gourmet dining spots powered by some of the best chefs in the city, making food options finally world class.

On our recent bucket list trip to Fiji, we were lucky enough to be invited to check out Petrossian's Caviar & Champagne Bar before our flight.

We fell in love with the sleek, shiny space at first sight - what better way to kick off a much anticipated vacation?

Every detail was carefully orchestrated to provide a luxury experience - down to the beautiful lineup of caviar spoons.

We enjoyed a bottle of Moet champagne with a tin of Transmontanus caviar - but you can choose from their full menu of caviars and list of bubbly!

Fresh made buckwheat blinis were the perfect canvas, along with creme fraiche, to showcase the luscious lil orbs.

The LAX boutique also offers Petrossian's signature cocktails, including the Fleur de Vers with Tanqueray gin, St. Germain elderflower liquer, green chartreuse, rose water, and Petrossian's trademarked caviar powder. This one would be a fun conversation starter at the bar, if you're traveling solo!

Aside from caviar, bubbly and cocktails, the bar also offers cured fish plates.  The one we had with smoked salmon carpaccio, sturgeon and their most recent release, smoked trout (my favorite, super flavorful and tender yet structured, with what tasted like a sweet glaze on top), was presented with a trio of accompaniments to spread over toast points: salmon rillete, caviar creme, and wasabi tarama (with wasabi 'caviar' - pearls made with liquified wasabi that created pleasant bursts to counterbalance the creaminess!).  This plate alone has me dreaming of the next time I get to make a luxe-stop when jetting out to some exotic location!

Oh, and for those who, like me most of time - somehow always end up cutting it close while trying to catch their flight - you can order a 'Caviar in the Air' picnic pack filled with your choice of caviar, blinis and creme fraiche (with ice, of course), and/or add smoked fish to give yourself first class treatment no matter what class you're actually flying.

If you're flying domestic (or going to Canada and pushed to a domestic terminal), you can still dine at Petrossian if you leave yourself enough time to get to the Tom Bradley terminal, through that security (you can get through security with your same day boarding pass) and back.

Last but not least, for those with a sweet tooth: I didn't expect this at all, but Petrossian actually sells these amazing chocolate pearls filled with liquor: we were given a tin of cognac filled pearls to take with us, which were perfect to snack on, on our very long (4.5 hour) boat ride to the Yasawa islands!

These pearls were so delicious, and addictive, that I headed to Petrossian's restaurant in West Hollywood the week I got back, to spluirge on another tin ($49) - they were extra tasty now that they have created a food memory of our trip to Fiji!!!

Can't wait til the next time I get to travel out of Tom Bradley!!!

Disclaimer: The LAX meal was hosted.


Petrossian Caviar & Champagne Bar (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport - Tom Bradley International Terminal

599 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Ph: 310.216.9861



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