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Review: Table 8 for Restaurant Week

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Review: Table 8 for Restaurant Week

andytseng | Jan 29, 2008 10:34 AM

I actually wanted to just inform everyone that the menu on the dineLA site is different than the menu at the restaurant, but I might as well turn this into a review since I ate there last night (1/28) and am making a post about it.

First things first, the entree options listed on dineLA are
Choice 1 - Pompano with Lobster Bisque, Fingerling Potatoes and Julienne Fall Vegetables
Choice 2 - Grilled Prime Beef Shortrib with Potato Gratin, Crispy Bacon and Creamed Swiss Chard
Choice 3 - Duck Confit with Braised Savoy Cabbage, Beluga Lentils and Quince Marmalade

but the actual options on the restaurant week menu are
Choice 1 - new zealand salmon with golden beet risotto, red wine gastrique and horseradish gremolata
Choice 2 - Grilled Prime Beef Shortrib with Potato Gratin, Crispy Bacon and Creamed Swiss Chard
Choice 3 - grilled baby chicken on short rib hash and caramelized onion jus

They're going to continue offering this menu through the entire month of February.

The service was pretty good. Govind Armstrong (of Top Chef fame) was walking around and schmoozing. Not too many of us were impressed with the Restaurant Week menu, so three of us ordered off the regular menu. The appetizers we had, roasted chestnut soup, beef carpaccio, sea scallops, and grilled cheese, were good, but nothing to write home about. Pretty standard fare for a nice restaurant.

The much-lauded grilled cheese with pulled short rib was interesting, but I think much of what a grilled cheese means to me got lost in the translation. It lacks that comfort food feel that I normally associate with grilled cheese. If you go in with no expectations, the grilled cheese at Table 8 can be delicious, but it can't compare to the pre-sliced cheddar cheese smashed between two slices of white wonder bread over a bowl of canned tomato soup that your mom had waiting for you after a cold day. But then again, what can?

I had the pompano for my entree, which was cooked perfectly. But, the group concensus was that most of the entrees fell short. None of us were wowed by the pompano, the kurobuta pork, the duck confit, the grilled shortrib, and the chicken. Not that any of it was bad... in fact, most of it was good, but again, nothing that really knocked my socks off.

I've been told I should go back for the off-the-menu, pre-order required, salt-crusted porterhouse, but I probably won't be making many trips back to Table 8, except maybe to grab a drink at the bar along with a grilled cheese sandwich.

All-in-all, I don't think Table 8 should be high on your priority list of places to visit during Restaurant Week, especially considering that the menu will be available through February, but the atmosphere and service are great for a date.

edit: I forgot to mention that I order the cookie plate for dessert, which I don't recommend. The other two desserts we had, the lemon almond cake and the dulce de leche chocolate cake were quite tasty.

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Table 8
7661 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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