Went to the restaurant in the Avalon Hotel last Sat night. Was seated promptly at a poolside table for our 8:15 reservations. All tables outside were taken, but the interior restaurant was virtually empty. The atmosphere was a treat--very LA. The pool (lit an electric blue) is the focal point, with tables and sofas set up all around. Along one side are cabanas that look fun, comfy and perfect for a small party. Some have long tables for parties, other are just lounges with couches and a coffee table.
Overall, the food is so-so. Entrees much better than apps or dessert. Good portions, but pricey. We're paying for the atmosphere tho, not the food...right?Tapas plate ($16) had good hummus, marinated fennel and olives, and brie...brie?!! Cheese plate ($14) was very mediocre. My entree redeemed the restaurant. The grilled halibut ($29) came with chanterelles in a light cream sauce. Nice salted crust, perfectly cooked. Sat on a bed of bitter greens that contrasted nicely. Other entrees at the table were the chicken with chanterelles and mushrooms (chicken deemed well-cooked, but artichoke hearts too hard, and the dish advertised truffles but none were seen or tasted); duck (polished off); and monkfish with creamy pea, bacon and corn mixture (pretty good). Ended with lavender creme brulee ($9): good taste, but on the runny side.
Best things there: the drinks- woah! For $12, I expect my cocktails to be good and strong, and these were definitely that. Pomogranate mojito had a nice zing, though the regular mojito was just as good. Also had the key lime martini, which was excellent! Very creamy, more like a dessert drink.
Total for 4 was $280 not including tip. Definitely not cheap. For that money, I'd go elsewhere for a better meal, but wouldn't mind returning for drinks by the pool (or better yet, in a cabana!)
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