In contrast to the favorable reports I have seen so far, I and two friends had a (nearly) uniformly horrendous experience at Red O last night.
The guac, as others have mentioned, is acidic, and oniony....it is basically fine: but the chips were simply awful little, skinny ones (exactly like what they have at Sharkey's). The guac comes rather tightly compressed, not soft and fluffy, and these anemic chips broke like twigs underfoot when used to scoop it...highly unpleasant.
Most of the other dishes we had ranged from slightly above average [Alaskan Halibut Ceviche], to tasteless [tepid Short Ribs on small flavorless Sopes], to terrible [grossly undercooked and under flavored chicken that we sent back] with a few exceptions:
Goat Cheese and Veggie Tamales - very tasty
Tinga Poblana - really, really yummy.
The drinks were divine and the restaurant/bars shockingly beautiful (except the ugly homage to Beijing’s Birds Nest that one sees from outside).
Service could not have been nicer and could not have been much worse: they brought us first the wrong bottle of wine, and, later, the wrong check (much, much less than we owed...we told them, thank you very much). I don't really care too much about service in a new place so I don't hold this against them -- but the disappointing food I do. This is a city with such amazing Mexican food, do we need a "Mr. Chow-is-to-Chinese" Mexican Equivalent? I don't.
8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
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