The website describes the restaurant as follows....
"Beso is a desired location for a romantic, eclectic, contemporary dining experience. Our menu is a fusion of classic steakhouse and authentic Latin dishes. The dining room features wrap-around booths and overstuffed chairs in front of an open kitchen with a white oak wood burning oven. You can listen to the baby grand piano at our main bar with the sounds of contemporary and current hits as you enjoy cocktails made from muddled fruit, unique tequilas, sangria, and an extensive wine list."
Everything about that description, pretty much had me sold on this as our restuarant of choice for our fancy meal. A telephone call later, and we had a reservation for 7pm the following night.
A quick look at the menu and it didn't take me long to decide what to order.
For starters I had Eva's Avocado Guacamole, pico de gallo & crispy tortilla chips. As well as this, they served us a complimentary flat bread with a red pepper tapenade. Both went down quite happily with my glass of Californian Red Malbec.
For mains, I went for Pistachio-Encrusted Halibut, roasted red pepper puree & white wine sauce. The fish was cooked to perfection and the puree was flavoursome enough without overpowering the delicacy of the fish.
My favourite course is always pudding. This restaurant didn't let me down. I chose Mexican Baked Cheesecake, with a salted pistachio crust & raspberry compote. Whenever I've had cheesecake it's usually been sweet, however this cheesecake was bordering on savoury. I don't know if it's an LA thing, as people have crazy no wheat/gluten/vegan/sugar/whatever diets over here or if it was purposefully done by the chef. Strangely enough I liked it though. The sweetness from the raspberry compote and the saltiness from the base of the cake made the experience of eating a cheesecake a new one for me. It took me till the end of the cake to decide whether I liked it or not. But by the time I put down my spoon, I decided I was a fan.
The meal worked out at $60 per person and that included 3 courses, a large glass of red wine, bottled water & tax/service charge. Converted into £35, I thought it was a pretty darn good deal at such a fancy restaurant. I was expecting small portions and ridiculous prices, however this place managed to fill my belly to the point where I actually said I was full when I left. The interior of the restaurant created a cosy and intimate meal for 2 and it's definitely a place I'd recommend to anyone visiting LA.