[I originally posted this mistakenly, as a reply in another thread. Sorry for the inconvience/stupidity -tw]
What highly rated restaurants have you spent big-$$ on in the West Side of LA with unstatisfactory results? Save us all some money!
I don't get what people see in Micheal's. It's expensive and the food is at best average. If I can cook better, then it's pretty much a waste of big dollars. I've been dragged there for business dinners so I've tasted about everything. Oh, plus this place looks like it was designed in the early 80s. A definately no-no for lunch too, since I'm convinced that's when they're training the dishwashers to cook.
Also Chinois on Main (wait wait don't kill me!) has MIXED results. It should be flawless and I've had poorly prepared meals and even bad cuts of meat (which should NEVER happen here), as has my wife. But, I've also had some very very tasty meals here. I think the emperor has new clothes when people talk about this place. I think the emperor may have nice socks and a cool looking hat, but not all his clothes are so pretty.
Cafe Del Rey, good, ok, and bad (again a lot of business meals) and the bad is horrendous... don't touch the pizzas.
Sushi Roku.... Oh please. I hope the sushi heads will back me up. Decent depending but, way over priced, annoyingly yuppified.
Nobu/Malibu.. Ok, I love the food here. It's amazing. Really amazing. Some of the sauces, are blow your mind inventive. Nobu actually started bringing his best fish here to get the place going (and that's saying something!) But the prices and the scene. Well mostly the scene...LA..industry..malibu.. I actually had one studio bigwig tell my table how you could tell the wannabees by "the size of their "rolexs". Made me wanna get sick, not sure if it was the comment, or the fact that it looked like he was right. Or the fact that I actually checked it out to see if he was right...I'm so ashamed.
On the upside, Josie's is remarkable, inventive and consistent (except for the too-bland squash gnocchi)
Also on the upside, Joe's Venice, Abbott Pizza, Rosalee Thai, and others.