Raphael’s Journal

Moms & Grads

Hello again, First off, I want to thank everyone who continues to come to our site and keep up with my journals. I know it’s been a while, but now we have lots of great updates to share! Outside of our upcoming anniversary celebration, we have some major events in store for May. We are [...]

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JiRaffe Anniversary

Hello friends, It’s Raphael again, taking a few moments to reminisce about the past 18 years. On April 11, 1996, JiRaffe opened its doors for the very first time. And in the past two decades, we’ve had an incredible ride. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to have had the pleasure of serving [...]

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Thanksgiving At JiRaffe

Hello Friends, Now that November has arrived, I wanted to take a minute to highlight JiRaffe’s upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. Year after year, our guests have come to embrace our traditional menu, as it highlights some of the best delicacies the restaurant has to offer. We carefully organize each course months in advance, as I am [...]

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Autumn Updates From Raphael

Fall has arrived and for me, it is the time of year I appreciate most. Sometimes people say that the seasons don’t really change here. I find the subtle changes in California to be spectacular. You just have to allow your senses to hear and feel them. Crisp winds blow in from the east, the [...]

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Summer Updates From RAPHAEL

Summer in Santa Monica means warm ocean temperatures, ripe produce and a thriving Farmers Market. Just look at the pictures from our last few Monday Bistro menus. We use the same thoughts and methods in our bar as in our kitchen. Bright glistening fruit, premium spirits, masterful infusions…all for delectably fresh summer cocktails. The Kitchen [...]

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Mother’s Day Brunch Is Almost Here!

Hello friends, It’s hard to believe that the summer sun (and summer waves) are almost here. And next week, we’ll be opening up our doors for JiRaffe’s famous Mother’s Day Brunch! That’s right, May 12 we’re preparing a menu for all of the special women in our lives and we’d love for you to join [...]

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A Message From Raphael

Hello Friends, I know it’s been a while since I spoke to you directly. But as you can imagine, in between the kitchen, the family, and the business obligations, it’s been hard to catch a breath. Recently though, some stories have been surfacing that I feel need to be addressed. Several sources are claiming that [...]

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A February To Remember…

Hello again JiRaffe friends, it’s been a while since we shared our Journal thoughts. As you can probably imagine, February was a major month for the restaurant. Not only was it full of Valentine’s dinners, it marked the beginning of the citywide DineLA celebration. But it all went great and we were stoked, proud and [...]

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Monday Bistro February 11th

Monday, February 11, 2013 Prix-fixe menu $38 APPETIZER Choice of: Warm Calamar & Spanish Octopus Salad Baby spinach, torn radicchio, dates, shaved red onion, lemon vinaigrette, marinated baby octopus, calamar, charred tomato vinaigrette, fingerling potato chips ~ Or ~ Osso Buco Ravioli Ricotta cheese, glazed baby root vegetables, slow-roasted tomato garlic ENTRÉE Choice of: Herb [...]

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Monday nights are back… Bistro Dinner…..Feb 4th

Monday, February 4, 2013 Prix-fixe menu $38 APPETIZER Choice of: Yellow Fin Tuna Tartar “a la Japanaise” Marinated watermelon raddish, cucumber, Japanese shallot/Myoga, sun gold tomatoes, fresh squeezed yuzu, ginger broth, toasted garlic ~ Or ~ Roasted Black Mussels (served in a cast Iron skillet) Palacio chirizo in a spiced tomato sauce, toasted ciabatta, lemon [...]

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