Salt lovers rejoiced when savory flavors started making their way into dessert. Cayenne pepper ice cream. Bacon cupcakes. Sriracha candy bars. But is there anything more decadent than a foie gras donut? At Umamicatessen, the FG&J donut is a golden treasure, oozing with foie gras mousse and forest berry jam, then dusted with powdered sugar and a crowning of crumbled peanuts. Outside the donut surface is warm, delicately crisped. Inside the foie gras is buttery and elegant; the jam rich and sweet. It’s almost mesmerizing to watch the deep purple jam run into the puddle of mousse, a lava swirl of savory and sweet. And as you taste the crunch of the peanuts, you begin to wonder if you can ever return to the simplicity of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich again. With only 20 days remaining before foie gras is banned from California, consuming the FG&J already feels nostalgic. Surely, anything this divine is meant to be eaten.
Umamicatessen, 852 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014. (213) 413-8626. Open daily from 11 am – 12 am.