When Chef Alain Cohen opened Got Kosher? in 2009, he wowed the culinary panorama of Los Angeles with his extraordinary Tunisian, French and Moroccan inspired cuisine. Shortly thereafter, his innovative pretzel challah was named Best Non-Traditional Challah by Los Angeles Magazine. Cohen continues invigorating each braided egg bread with ingredients ranging from Belgian Chocolate Chunks, to Kalamata Olive & Rosemary, or Apple Honey Raisin, to name just a few options.
Always pushing the envelope, Got Kosher? has now been revitalized and renamed by its founder into Harissa. The new moniker is a nod to the beloved Tunisian signature spicy condiment, and the signage out front is not the only transformation. A remodel of the space and introduction of new delicacies await patrons as well.
All guests are treated to a complementary basket of their award-winning pretzel challah along with a dollop of vibrant harissa. Together they pack a delightful sweet, mildly spicy punch that wakes up the palate for the gourmet treasures to come.
New menu offerings include a Charcuterie Board overflowing with house-cured beef prosciutto, soprasetta, saucisson sec, lamb pancetta, chicken pate with cognac, walnuts, tunisian olives, cornichons, moutarde and crostini.
Those in the mood for something a bit lighter will appreciate the delectable seafood board. The plank comes laden with house-smoked gravlax and whitefish, salmon terrine, boutargue, taramasalata and whitefish salad. All showcasing the breadth of culinary talents mastered by Chef Cohen and his staff.
The menu continues to feature the classics that have kept this establishment on LA foodie maps. The ever popular Pulled beef brisket, Alain’s Tunisian Tuna Sandwich, B’stilla and Short Rib Beef Bourguignon continue to enchant.
As does the harissa spiced burger, which shimmers with just a touch of heat and tons of savory integrity. Embraced in a soft pretzel bun, the burger is further amplified with a noteworthy combination of roasted tomato, balsamic glazed red onion and harissa mayo. Yum.
Don’t overlook the hard-to-find couscous dishes at Harissa. We were particularly taken with the Lemon Raisin Chicken Tajine which makes a tangy, sweet romp across the tongue.
Besides the noteworthy bread pudding, an ideal conclusion to your tunisian feast is Mom’s Sweet Harissa Almond Cake doused in orange blossom syrup and served with chilled sabayon.
The bakery, shabbat and catering menus here are all superlative and can be accessed next door to the restaurant. Please feel free to stop by even if you only need a pretzel loaf or one sweet treat to go.
And of course no meal at Harissa is complete without traditional Tunisian Green Mint Tea.
For the unique opportunity to try Tunisian cuisine from a master chef, Harissa is one of the few establishments dishing out the best Tunisia has to offer right here in our own backyard.