A group of us headed up to Cliff's Edge in Silverlake last night, friend's sister was in town and we wanted to give her a "LA" experience. I had eaten there a few times before, love brunch in the patio, and thought it would give her that LA feel....even the smoking seems very LA to me.
I had never had a bad meal there before but always felt it was just a little expensive for the quality, did not really bother me as I love the space and the service is great. I heard that they had hired a new chef and I was pretty excited to taste what was coming out of the kitchen now. Well I have to tell you, everything was wonderful! There were five of us and we all passed plates and each thing that landed in front of me was really delicious.
We started with Mussels in a fennel sauce, we kept tossing bread into the lovely sauce just letting all that fantastic seafood, tomato Pernod flavor seep into the bread turning it into a gooey, doughy mass of yumminess. The mussels were briny and fresh and the whole dish was flavorfull but so clean. Frito Misto was standard but the dipping sauce was tangy and addictive. Beef Carpaccio was very delicate, almost see through slices of tender sweet beef topped with very vibrant greens and shaved parm. Very solid dish that I would gladly eat piles of.
Ordered two soups to share, the French Onion which was a HUGE bowl of richly flavored stock, sweet onions and perfectly salty cheese melted over the top, wonderful balance of sweetness and savory. The corn soup was remarkable in that simple kind of way. Sweet fresh corn flavor up front with a gentle balance of salt and pepper but you know that earthy flavor you get when you suck on the cob of fresh corn, well "that" flavor is the backbone of this light lovely soup....really delicious.
For mains two of us got the filet with gorgonzola, they were perfectly cooked, nicely seasoned and very tender. The scalloped potatoes that were served with it were gloriously tender and you could taste the potatoes...I find that sometimes people make this dish to glammed up...keep it simple and cook it well and damn that is a fine side dish! One in our party got the ribeye, again nicely seasoned and perfectly cooked but I thought for once the filet had more flavor. Another got the scallops and tiger shrimp again perfectly cooked and devoid of the over-sauced or mucked up preperation that has me ordering seafood less and less these days...don't want any damn fruit on my seafood! The fifth in our party got the roasted chicken, always makes me nervous as it is rarely done well but this was tender, juicy and exploding with chicken goodness, really lovely and the aspargus on the side were sweet, snappy and delicious.
Desserts were all really tasty as well, not too sweet and a really refreshing way to end that wonderful meal. So all in with one bottle of wine, (we brought 3 with us) the total came to just about $325.00...dude....seriously? Cannot remember the last time I felt like I got such a deal.
Diggin' the new chef and cant wait to go back!