We had dinner at Tommy Ray's last night - this was the second night of their dinner service. The restaurant is very modern and airy inside, and also has a large patio area.
We had Tuna Carpaccio as an appetizer, the only item we ordered which seemed like a bit of a rip off, 5 small pieces of seared Ahi heavily peppercorn'd with a bit of wasabi sauce of top. Not that tasty, not worth $12.50, and you better LOVE peppercorns, because that is what you'll be tasting for the rest of the evening.
The rest of the meal was quite good. We've been on a fish and chips kick lately, and I have to say that TR's is the best we've ever eaten in L.A. It is made with black cod, lightly breaded (I usually prefer the battered style but this was great). The fish was tender and both the fish and the skinny french fries that came with it were non-greasy and yummy. Also had the Spinach Ravioli in wild mushroom ragu, more bell peppers than mushrooms in the ragu but very good. Entree prices range from $9.95 for a burger to $25.95 for Steak au Poivre. Wines by the glass start at $8.00 and bottles in the mid-$20s.
The chocolate mousse, listed as the "Chocolate Special" on the menu, was the highlight of the meal. Intensely chocolate, with an almost cake-like texture, and topped with home made whipped cream and raspberries, it was out of this world. The Apple Crisp had good cinnamon ice cream on the top, and the crisp was nicely textured, but the green apples tasted weird. The manager noticed our partially eaten crisp and offered to wrap it for us to take home. We told him why we hadn't finished it, and he said he would tell the chef, but did not offer to take it off the bill.
Service ran about 30-35 minutes longer than it should have, which hopefully will work itself out as the staff become more experienced. Our server was friendly but not particularly knowledgeable about the menu and he seemed very distracted, so lots of room for improvement there.
TR has the potential to be a great local restaurant. I don't know if it will be worth a destination drive, but we'll go back again in a few weeks and see if there are any changes.
I've posted pictures of our meal here -
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