Hillmont is on Sunset in Silverlake. Owned by the people who own Cobras and Matadors.
Pretty renovated building. Sleek interior. No liqour license. Would have appreciated it if they had mentioned the missing license on the phone so I wouldn't have been stuck hiking to Sav-On and drinking red swill with dinner. $5 Corkage
Silly ordering system involved using "order desk" before being seated at communal tables. Even sillier custom of afixing my order above my head on a string. Even so, pleasant service even in response to my stupid confusion with the bill. (Figured it out after the waiter left. Whoops.)
Pleasant hip crowd, many large groups. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Not a place for a romantic date. Cool environment.
Do you think I sound cranky? Well I was. I expected the food to be terrible and I was looking forward to a perfectly enjoyable rant about hip restaurants with crummy food. It was just my mood that night, even though I read a good review about the restaurant and I like Cobras.
But-- the steak was really quite good. I had a rib eye, $16 (includes side) which was well aged and perfectly medium rare as I asked. The menu listed it as prime. The meat was tender with a nice bit of funk at the edges. The large pool of butter on top was a bit over the top, especially since my mashed potatoes were bleeding butter. (Really prefer stodgy mashed potatoes with a steak, not a French puree version.) Husband's NY steak $18 was also quite good. We both prefered the rib eye. He had a strange side of spinich with t0o much apple and rosemary. $5 extra.
Left without dessert. Felt a little greasy after the meat and butter fest.
Go with a group, avoid the sides, take a big great bottle of wine, and enjoy.
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