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Cut (review)

jcwla | | Aug 4, 2006 05:27 PM

Went last night with "the girls."
The space is beautiful: light, open, airy, great windows, really pretty in the evening while there's still some light.
We arrived at 7 and were seated promptly.
A few tables down sat a heavily-dyed Ron Popeil with what in "Pretty Woman" they would have called his "niece" -- forty years younger, with diamond earrings that had to be at least 3 karats apiece.
They brought out breadsticks, of which the best were the cheese, and six little cheese puffs.
Later came bread. The best was the onion focaccia -- one of my friends liked it so much they gave her a bag of it to take home -- and the pretzel roll, both delicious with the great, highly-seasoned butter they serve.
Service is EXCELLENT -- as accommodating as can be, instantly available, friendly yet never intrusive or cloying.
For starters we split two items: a butter lettuce salad with bleu cheese, avocado and heirloom tomatoes, and a crab and lobster Louis salad on horseradish cream. Both were good -- I could have done w/o the horseradish.
For entrees, the girls split a petite New York, which they were kind enough to heat to two different degrees of doneness. The meat was flavorful and plenty for two to share. I had the Kobe short ribs with Indian spices, and thought it was just okay.
For dessert, we split the chocolate souffle -- served with lightly whipped cream, Valrhona chocolate dipping sauce, and Gianduia ice cream -- and the Lady in Red Peach Melba, with the caramelized peaches atop a financier cake with raspberry and pistachio gelato, topped with raspberries macerated in a lemon Verbena sauce. This one especially was delicious.
I had a glass of rose' and a Diet Coke, one of the girls had an iced tea -- the total came to $214 before tip.
Sorry -- I forgot later that I left this out earlier -- we also had three sides! Lightly battered tempura onion rings -- yummy -- caramelized sweet corn -- okay -- and best of all, creamed spinach with a fried egg served on top, then mashed in: a home run!

The service at Cut is second only to the Grill on the Alley.
The food is good and the space is fantastic.
It's one of the best additions to the L.A. dining scene in years.

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