Rays is the "main" restaurant for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). However, you can just eat at Rays without tying it to a visit at LACMA.
We had lunch on a Monday (yes, it's open on Monday!) We had reservations; the weather was cool and intermittently raining, so we were seated inside. The menu had such interesting items that we asked the waitress which were the most popular. She said that the menu varied from day to day and were printed anew each day. No "specials" because everything was on the menu. For us, the problem was everything looked good. So, we had a side dish of roasted okra and a "Chile" appetizer (wood roasted chile, chorizo, dates, local goat cheese, almond sauce). Chile was among the best single dishes we've ever eaten (see picture).
We ordered entrees of duck confit and pork belly (see picture). The duck was generously portioned and perfect ! A lot like Peking duck; crisp on the outside, melt in your mouth inside. Pork belly was also super. Crisp and generous. Again, these entrees are among the best we've ever eaten. Rays has special wood-burning ovens to achieve such perfection.
We had no room for dessert; in fact, we had extra duck that we had packaged to go, and it made a late dinner! We did order one glass of wine, a red Syrah, and really liked it. With 20% tip, we paid $116. This was our first visit, and we intentionally ordered more than we otherwise might have. Other reviews knock Rays for being expensive, but compared to what? Service was a bit slow bringing the entrees, although we didn't particularly mind. Our water glasses weren't promptly refilled. Rays serves good sourdough bread to help "mop up" the delicious sauces, and we did just that!
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