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Dine LA - Nick & Stef's (semi-long)

MeAndroo | Feb 1, 200807:44 AM

Got there at about 4:30 for the happy hour and hung out at the bar until dinner at 5:30 (I know, early, but it's the only way to get folks from work to go). Had a couple of beers, oysters, and the picadillo pepper appetizer. Were sat promptly at 5:30, used the coat check (more on this later) and ordered some sangria and red wine for the table. My newly arriving coworker ordered oysters, I got the parmesan crusted mac n cheese (lighter than I had expected, with a decent baked crust on top and tender noodles within....not enough cheese flavor for my tastes, though) and we all ordered from the prix fixe menu. It's a little different than the website says, but we all got steak. The food came out quickly and I really enjoyed my iceberg/tomato/scallion/blue cheese starter. The cheese was pungent without being overpowering, the iceberg was crisp and fresh-tasting, and the baby tomatoes were sweet. A couple of my coworkers said they enjoyed the beets.

The steaks came out soon afterwards and while I thoroughly enjoyed my rare hunk of meat, apparently they mixed up the orders of a couple of folks at our table. Medium well turned into medium rare, rare turned into medium, and things of that nature, but everyone still enjoyed their entree. I don't often eat steak in restaurants, preferring to prepare it myself (or eat my dad's), but the steak was a nice 1.5" think, tender, juicy and RED. The rub they use had me hooked instantly, and I was running my mac n cheese, gratin (which came with the steak), and even a bit of bread through the juices. Polished off the steak, most of the gratin, and about half of the very good sized mac n cheese. Dessert wasn't the bread pudding on the website, but a light hazelnut cake accompanied with creme fraiche mousse, cajeta gelato (a first for me), and a pear slice. I appreciated the fluffiness of the cake, which was a lot lighter than it looked, and the gelato, but the pear was a bit tart for me. We finished the meal with a few shots of Don Julio (ready to party!) The bill, after the alcohol, extra appetizers, and meal came to about $475 for 6 people, plus tip. Our server was fantastic, dealing with our requests and questions very easily, and providing 2 friends with free shots.

My only complaint about the night is as we were leaving, everyone received their coat but me. My trenchcoat is pretty large (knee-length on 5'9"), so I was confused as to how they could have misplaced it. 3 different people looked in the room, and came with me to check around our table, but to no avail. They let me check the coat room myself, and at first I couldn't find it. Then I started looking around on the ground to discover it balled up and shoved in a dustpan (!!). I was, I think, understandably upset by what HAD to be a deliberate move, so I skipped tipping them for that particular service. Overall, however, it was a nice night with friends, and I'll be trying to replicate their rub at home....but I doubt I'll ever check my coat there again.

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