1) They do have jamón pata negra in the menu. OK, not too dark, but close enough. Who else in L.A. (or in the entire U.S, for that matter) ? Nice taste, though. And it matched to perfection our 1998 Leroy Nuits St Georges Aux Boudots. Mamma mia!
2) They have a 100% meshugge corkage policy: 750 ml per reservation. Yes, you read right: per reservation. Irrespective of you being a single pots, or a table for 10.
3) Corkage: $25 (but read # 2 above).
4) The cook was not Marder, mind you. At the helm a GREAT cook, in fact, first name Ricardo. Chapeau!
5) They do have a tasting menu @ $85 /head. And a bargain, considering the pricing of the à la carte dishes. Table for 3, all 5 courses (ravioli, seafood, truffles on risotto, little soups, fish, meat, sweets 1 & 2) different for each convive. Nothing we didn't like. Even some stuff (ravioli!!!) absolutely spectacular.
6) Place packed all night.
7) Stay away from "truffles". Way too spiked with sogenannte truffle oil.
8) Nice service by David. A little stiff in the beginning, but quite accomodating once tuned into the right mood.
9) Wine list a minefield. Billecart Salmon $60, non vintag Krug $750? Gimme a break! Just order the right stuff, you'll be happier than a dog with two tails.
Summary: recommended, cum grano salis.