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Tart - Underwhelming

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Tart - Underwhelming

DylanInLA | May 6, 2006 02:35 PM

I had heard good things about breakfast and lunch at Tart (on Fairfax; part of the reinvented Farmer's Daughter hotel), so three of us tried it last night for dinner. Apparently, they've only been open for dinner for one week, so they of course have kinks to work out. All that said...

One of the entrees (veal chop) had a $55 price tag. I don't think I've seen such lofty prices since eating at (much better) summer resort restaurants on Nantucket Island -- and frankly, even in that setting $55 takes some, in my friend's words, serious cajones. If Tart is signaling "We're a restaurant of quality, in the vein of Patina," well, the food better be Patina quality.

And it wasn't. My crab cakes were strangely un-crabby and mashed with too much potato breading. The yellow tail was overcooked and over-browned, though the mixed vegetable side had pleasant textural variety. The pecan tart was disappointingly mushy. The best thing about the meal was the bottle of pinot my friend chose; alas, we can only praise the sommelier for stocking it.

The setting was creative and informal -- sort of midcentury modern meets country chic.

Perhaps the place will improve with time, but for now I'll stay clear of Tart for dinner and stick to the tried-and-true, like AOC and Chameau. Would be interested to hear if others agree.

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