I tried the new C2 Café & Kitchen (member of the Patina group) in Century City for lunch. Its in a brand new building in the courtyard behind the twin towers. The exterior is round and sweeping grey metal. There is a lot of outside seating; and I bet this will become quite popular once the weather turns warmer. There is also a bar that will likely become a good place to go after work.
There are really 2 restaurants: a cafeteria and a nice sit-down restaurant. I went to the restaurant. We didnt have lunch reservations, but were seated immediately. This may be due to the fact that it was threatening to rain, and the restaurant is not enclosed. There are white linen tablecloths, and the servers are dressed in black with white shirts.
The lunch menu is upper-scale Cal-Mediterranean with braised short ribs, Arborio rice, lamb and some pastas.
I ordered the Caesar salad with extra anchovies and the mushroom raviolis. My friend ordered the Caesar salad and Arborio rice with chorizo and calamari.
The salads were excellent. They use the baby-green core of the Romaine lettuce, so it was firm and fresh. And they dont cut it all up into little pieces. You get the whole leaf, so you have to cut it. The dressing was very good, and the anchovies, as expected, brought the whole thing together. My only complaint about the salad was the croutons. They were actually cubes of bread that were garlicky, but very oily. After the first one, I left the rest in the dish.
The ravioli was delicious. The mushroom flavor was able to come through the sauce, which is a plus for me. It had some chopped peppers on top, and the sauce had a zesty-sour bite every so often. I finished the whole thing, and have been thinking about it since.
The Arborio was nothing like I expected. It looked more like lumpy mashed potatoes. The calamari looked good. It was primarily the legs, which I like. The chorizo looked like normal chorizo. My friend didnt seem too thrilled with it.
The lunch, with an iced tea and a lemonade was $54 before tip. Its expensive for lunch, but I quite enjoyed it, and Ill probably be back.
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