Roy Choi and Jon Favreau have been causing quite the stir with their series of “El Jefe” pop-ups, which celebrate the fictional food truck at the center of the recent film Chef, which Favreau wrote and directed and on which Choi served as a culinary advisor and co-producer.
They’ve sold Cubanos at POT, Choi’s Koreatown restaurant, and at The Grove, but it seems that they’ve saved their biggest event until now: El Jefe at Animal, teaming up with acclaimed chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo for a Cuban-inspired multi-course family style dinner ($75 per person) at their Fairfax restauant on July 21.
Here’s the menu so far:
Hamachi ceviche, mojo vinaigrette, orange, red onion, mint
Heirloom tomato salad, haas avocado, oregano, white vinegar
Fried market corn, garlic lime butter, cilantro
Grilled blue prawns, garlic, red chili
Roasted mojo chicken, marinated onions, sour orange
Pernil-marinated chargrilled beef ribs
Traditional yellow rice
Black beans, bay leaf, soffritto
Yucca frita, black mint mayo
Flan with berries
Remeber that the duo behind Animal and Son of a Gun got their start cooking in South Florida, so expect Jon and Vinny to do pull off some exciting dishes when cooking alongside Roy Choi.
If the full dinner is a bit out of your price range, you can also order those now-famous Cubano sandwiches to-go ($9) on the patio outside Animal (diners will also be able to order them to take-away).
Reservations can be made from 6 p.m. to midnight on July 21 (call after 2 p.m. to book) and the seven-seat bar will be available for walk-in guests.
Animal, 435 N. Fairfax, Mid-City, 323-782-9225