Un Petit Porc
Gram & Papa’s
227 E 9th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Note: Everyone (including myself) thought that Chef Ludo Lefebvre was the one behind Porc Night, but the recipes and cooking are all Mike Ilic, owner of Gram & Papa’s. Chef Ludo assisted with the cooking so technically it should be Mike Ilic’s Porc Night with Chef Ludo.
I have a weird relationship with pork. I love bacon and several other Korean pork dishes, but I generally dislike most other ones because of the distinctive taste and smell of pork. Because of my several somewhat traumatizing experiences with pork, I usually avoided it.
However, my relationship with pork changed when I dined at LudoBites 5.0 (my first LudoBites experience) and had Chef Ludo’s Confit Pork Belly, Raw Choucroute Thai Style, Guinness Emulsion. Oh gosh, this pork belly dish was fatty, rich, juicy, crispy, and perfectly tender — everything a pork belly should be. I loved it so much, I ordered a 2nd dish and was not willing to share with my dinner companions.
Confit Pork Belly, Raw Choucroute Thai Style, Guinness Emulsion from LudoBites 5.0
Photo Credit: kevinEats
Since Chef Ludo changed my perspective and relationship with pork, it was only fitting that I dined at Porc Night at Gram and Papa’s. The meal was served family style with a Boston Lettuce Salad as an appetizer; an entree choice of Porchetta or Capresa Sandwich; four sides of Greens, White Bean, Cheesy Polenta, and Burnt Potatoes; and a Roasted Apple and Vanilla Ice Cream with dessert.
My only experience at Gram & Papa’s has been with LudoBites. Gram & Papa’s is only open for lunch and I haven’t had the chance to make it over for lunch so it was nice to taste Mike Ilic’s delicious Porchetta Sandwich over some beer and wine.