Many people would consider themselves lucky to discover they possess one considerable talent in life, indeed most regular folk can boast little more than a vague proficiency in a few areas of interest. So when confronted with someone who is not only very skilled but also extremely accomplished in two walks of life (namely sport and gastronomy), it’s enough to have even the most critical of pundits doff their hat in acknowledgement. Michael Teich is one of those people. After a spell in professional baseball pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Teich decided to pursue his lifelong passion for cooking, and a cheffing qualification later, he has opened The Wallace, a brushed steel and birchwood locavore restaurant in Culver City.
Any doubt over the man’s dual talents will soon dissipate once you’ve supped on pretty seasonal plates such as grilled cauliflower with a crispy-creamy parmesan, almond, bread crumb and rosemary topping; locally-sourced albacore tuna tartare dotted with avocado, capers, dijon, and sesame soy; and charred leg of lamb over a farro risotto, crispy chickpeas, harissa, and yoghurt. Meanwhile, behind every great man… there’s a wife (namely Carol Teich) conceptualising an unabashedly California-biased wine list, together with creative cocktails like the Roundtrip (Angel’s Envy bourbon, Byrrh, housemade persimmon syrup, and sour cherry bitters). It seems this talented couple have got all their bases covered!
3833 Main St / Culver City / +1 310 202 6400 / lunch & dinner daily, brunch Sat-Sun / thewallacela.com