L.A. Bites: The Glorious Green Pea Toast at Salt Air in Venice
I was a freak of nature as a kid. My mom never had to bribe me with dessert to encourage me to eat my veggies. I freaking loved veggies. Almost all of them. Green beans...heck yes. Carrots...couldn't get enough of them. And peas? Well, peas were one of my favorite veggie sides in the world. With a small dab of butter and a sprinkling of salt and pepper, the little bright green morsels are delightfully inconspicuous. Not packing too much intense vegetable flavor, they do look awfully pretty in just about any pasta, Indian curry, or tried and true American casserole.
But I've never seen green peas take center stage. I couldn't even imagine a dish where that'd make much since.
Until I feasted my eyes...and my mouth on the picture-perfect and oh so luscious Pea Toast from Venice's Salt Air. Holy moly guys. This Pea Toast is flawless in every way imaginable. From the sugar snap pea spread that's so impeccably seasoned to the mild and creamy ricotta to the sweet caramelized onions to the subtle bite of fresh jalapeno to the whole snap peas adding a nice crunch on top of it all, this playful dish pretty much nails it in both texture and flavor. The thick cut toast, while delicious, serves as a vehicle to transport all of the goods from the plate onto my palate.
Friends, I could eat Salt Air's Pea Toast all day, every day. Forget avocado toast. Pea toast is totally the new hotness.
Salt Air has a refreshingly concise menu featuring lots of seafood and Cali-inspired fare. The restaurant's ambiance is something to be admired too, with tons of natural light pouring through the windows and a theme of all white everywhere that just makes you feel alive....and hungry.