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I did not hate Kate Mantilini

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I did not hate Kate Mantilini

Pei | Oct 24, 2007 10:08 AM

I've avoided KM for a long time because of the negative posts on this board. But yesterday I found myself in the area with my parents. Fearful of trying to repark two cars, we settled on lunch at KM. I figured, how bad could it be if we just kept it simple?

First off, it's a lovely space! Concrete and glass, but done in a way that lets a lot of light into a large open dining area. Big open kitchen, noisy and bustling but under control.

Service: slow but super duper friendly! The restaurant was maybe half full for lunch, but our server was buzzing around and had to be stalked and snagged down each and every time we needed something. He handled all our requests quickly and with a smile though, so maybe he's just new and doesn't know he should scan the room constantly to see if his tables need him.

Food: not half bad! I think the tactic here is to keep it simple. We had a nicoise salad, lentil soup, and seared ahi. Nothing was special enough to describe in detail, but it was solid food. So many lunch spots oversalt the food. The fact that we had fresh ingredients, cooked just right, judiciously salted, served up attractively in a timely manner was enough for us. Sometimes, that's all you want!

Portions are huge, so two entrees and a soup was plenty for three people. $50ish after tax. So maybe the biggest quibble is with the price point, but considering that a $17 sandwich looks big enough for two people it's really not too bad for the area.

Bread: great! Warm, crispy crust, soft interior. It's from La Brea

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