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Breeze in Century City - One of the Worst Restaurants in L.A.

omotosando | Mar 11, 2008 04:43 PM

Ate lunch today with a group at Breeze at the Hyatt in Century City. It's an attractive room and there is not a huge selection of sit down restaurants right in Century City, so I always hope Breeze will be good, but it never is.

Today, Breeze was so bad that I decided it gets my vote for worst restaurant in Los Angeles, non-chain, semi-upscale division.

From previous visits, I knew not to order sushi at Breeze (they have a sushi bar in the middle of the room), but I thought a cup of miso would be okay. It was served lukewarm and tasted like the stuff you get in packets in the Asian food aisle of the supermarket.

The whole wheat pasta with vegetables that I ordered was served so lukewarm that I sent it back. It was whisked away, and in short order, an equally lukewarm plate of pasta was sent back to me. (One of my dining companions commented that Breeze's microwave must be broken today). Beyond not being served at the correct temperature, the pasta was really, really bad. How bad? Let's put it this way - I would have happily eaten one of the Lean Cuisine pasta entrées in the frozen food aisle in lieu of Breeze's pasta. I ended up dumping a tablespoon of hot red pepper on it to try to get it to taste of something, anything.

A bunch of desserts were ordered for the table. I only tried one - an apple crisp. It was vile, with a horrible chemical-like aftertaste. For those who like huge portions, all of the desserts were huge (and $10 each). While I didn't taste any of the other desserts, no one at the table was oohing and aahing. Like the rest of the food at Breeze, we are talking about supermarket quality at best.

Since they purport to serve sushi, I thought I might be able to at least get a cup of green tea. When I ordered same, a "Tazo" teabag of Chinese green tea with lotus flower "flavor" was trotted out (and sent back by me).

Service took forever. The lunch went beyond leisurely to just annoyingly long (with horrible food to boot). It is truly sad to work in Century City. Wish I could lunch at Craft everyday.

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