I went there last night for my mom's birthday. There were 3 of us dining. We arrived OT for a 6pm reservation and were escorted immediately to a banquette. However, I had a requested a booth when making the reservation, which they did not guarantee, but did say on the phone they would try to accomodate. When I asked about the booth as they were attempting to seat us at the banquette, we were told to hold on a minute while they checked (there were 4 open booths to my count). Fortunately, we were then graciously seated in a booth.
Our bread from the La Brea bakery was typically hard. I don't understand how the LBB has become so popular. I've never enjoyed any bread from them. I can't imagine why restaurants serve it. Our butter was cold and hard as well.
Our first courses were nice, but not transcendent. My mother and I split the crabcake, which was filled with a generous portion of the crustacean, but a little too deep fried for my taste--totally unnecessary as it detracts from the crab taste. I had a much better crab cake at Tangerine on Sunset. My aunt had the clam chowder, which I had heard was one of their specialties. However, the broth was the thinnest I've ever seen and the vegetables used on top were very ordinary carrots and onions. I found the potatoes too large given the portions of everything else. The clams were served in shell and were the first item to be served undercooked--something that became a theme last night.
Our main courses again disappointed. Parts of the lobster were almost sushi-like, wilted pieces and overly salted. Parts were delicious. For $55 it should have ALL been great. The steamed halibut was quite nice, if a bit undercooked, and paired well with the english peas. My salmon was supposed to be medium rare but was very rare. Normally for me the rarer the better, but in this case it didn't matter because I've had better salmon many, many other places.
After the meal, we were asked if we'd like coffee. I said that I wouldn eventually be having a single shot of espresso but that I wanted to wait until dessert to drink it with dessert. Shortly thereafter we were given a complimentary birthday dessert (pistachio ice cream on chocolate brioche). However, my espresso was not brought with it and nobody asked us if we wanted to order another dessert. I had to flag the waiter down to get the espresso. Finally after we were done with the coffee and the comped dessert, someone asked if we wanted any other dessert or coffee.
Our bill for 3 (two apps, 3 entrees, 2 glasses of wine) was about $220.
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