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BODEGA DE CORDOVA Wine Bar on Fairfax

cabeef | Feb 27, 200601:24 AM

Meant to write this a few weeks ago when I first went to the recently opened wine/tapas bar BODEGA DE CORDOVA on Fairfax right down the block from the Writers Guild near Farmer's Market. I gotta tell you, after reading rave reviews in the LA TIMES about this tiny place, I was severely disappointed! The bill for two people, sharing a few glasses of wine, a cheese plate, and a few tapas, came to over $80 with tax/tip. What did we get for almost $100 dollars? Four thimbles of average Spanish wine that we found out later were $8.50 a glass, a tiny "sandwich" of ham, cheese, and a dusting of truffle that was ONE tiny piece of bread, more like a fraction of a sandwich; a plate of olives that, rather than any olives you could easily make at home tossing in olive oil and some herbs, these tasted literally like someone in the kitchen opened a can of Ralph's generic olives and put them on a plate - that's it; a small dish of tiny sausages that were flambeed with liqueur - I have to admit, at least these were tasty; a cheese plate were later found out was $18 dollars, that was generous, but too much of a "good thing" - the main trouble is, there are NO prices on the menu, so you have no idea what you're really paying until the bill comes - funny how that works, huh?! Anyway, I don't mean to bag on Bodega - it IS nice to have a little wine bar close to work where you can gather with your buds or co-workers and sip some vino and maybe nosh on a piece of cheese, but the service was eratic and slow, the food was way overpriced and lacked flavor and/or presentation, and I think for what they are charging, they can do much, much better. Oh yeah, the chef kept pushing the paella, which no one was ordering - after a sample, I found out why - there were several chunks of hard, gristled, fatty "mystery" fish/meat that I could not ID to save my life. Close, no cigar.

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