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Cheebo - PK's Review

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Cheebo - PK's Review

PoetKitty | Jan 19, 2006 02:50 PM

Casual was on the menu for dindin, but so was alcohol. I know, it always is, duh. Cheebo's location was perfect, and I had never been, so wahlah, we had a winner.

Place: Cheebo, Tuesday, 1/17 - 7:45 PM
Myself + 1 guest (my gay husband Ryan)


Ratings in brief:

Ambiance - C
I dig the look inside - all orange and yellow and vibrant as all get-out, but good LORD do they redefine tables on top of each other in this joint - plus tables shoved into server stations and beyond. And the live music? Not good. Too LOUD.
Service - C
He was nice. Weird, but nice. But slooowwwww - and we weren't offered their little complimentary chips bowl until the mains arrived. Wha?
Food (Taste) - C
Eh. Not offensive. Beyond that, blah.
Food (Presentation) - C
Your standard plating procedures.
Wine/Drinks - C
WAY more selection than I ever expected from such a cas-ual space, so props for that. But my glass of Prosecco? Flat. BOO.
Value - C-
Again, eh, I say. Not terribly expensive, still I felt it was not worth the final tally.
Overall Experience - C
I would go back only if someone insisted, or if I hear I missed all the Very Amazing Things. Other than that, yawnsville.

Cheebo has a cute name and a super noticeable orange glow, tucked on a somewhat quiet Sunset corner, down the sidewalk from Toi, etc. I've seen it 1.27 billion times, and never stopped. But I do recall a nice word or two about the place in these parts, so there you have it - dinner for 2.
I arrived early, received a nice greeting, and ponied up to the bar for some bubbly. I was celebrating.
Except the bubbly was flat. The last of the bottle. He poured it, handed it over, and disappeared. Then my date arrived, so pshaw, I dealt with my flatness and we meandered to the inside table (Cheebo has outdoor tables too, but BURRR!)

Now, I'm used to the close-table issue here in LaLaland. In the right space (Le Petit Bistro) I don't mind so much. But the combination of:
1) Less than an inch between our table and the very hot gay couple next to us that I couldn't stop drooling over and eavesdropping on
2) The ridiculously loud and not-so-good jazz-esque band jamming away on the loft above
3) The fact that our table was slammed up against a serving station with waitstaff whizzing in/out on a regular basis
=
Not good. NOT. No no no.

MENU

Lots of interesting goodies, actually - sannies, pizzas, loads of salads, veggie options, fish fish fish - I felt encouraged. And specials that sounded GOOD as well.

BREAD

Apparently they have homemade chips. We were offered them oh, like THIRTY MINUTES after we sat down. On principle, I said no.

DRINKS

I think you know where I stood with the Prosecco. That was enough experimentation, but the wine list was longer than expected.

APPETIZERS

We split an Heirloom Caprese. Granted, the mozzie was fresh and lovely, the tomatoes - eh, so so - but the balsalmic? Almost tasteless. Come on now, it's the KEY to the entire dish, the glue, if you will, so it should maybe have . . .flavor?

ENTREES

I ordered another appetizer - Spicy Tuna Tartare. Too much mayo, too little spice, but it was a good-sized portion and the tuna was very fresh. Plus lots of avocado. So, you know, I could do worse.
Date had Marco Cheebo salad, which he liked - again, however, it was loaded with fresh veggies and chicken but very little flavor or pizzazz. Someone in the kitchen needs to jolt their tastebuds.

No dessert, we were boring. I can admit that.

BILL
For 1 glass o' bubbly, 1 iced tea, 2 apps, and 1 entree, the bill was just shy of $50 before tip. To that I say; not enough punch, too much moolah.

Live/learn and save for Urasawa.

Cheebo
7533 W. Sunset Blvd.
Cross Street: Sierra Bonita
323.850.7070

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