Ive been dying to try Orris on Sawtelle and thankfully a mention in the LA Times recently helped me pushed a girlfriend over the edge
Tempura Shrimp w/ Curry Dipping Sauce: These came out PIPPING hot just freshly fried. However, the batter was rather bland. And the Curry dipping sauce a bit too CURRY, not well balanced at all would not recommend unless you really like curry powder
Ahi Stuffed Lettuce Cups: Oh these were just beautiful and SO tasty. Four little taco looking endive cups absolutely stuffed with Ahi and other greens. Probably my favorite dish of the evening.
ravioli filled with SHRIMP MOUSSE and SHIITAKE MUSHROOM sauce: I was so looking forward to this, especially since it was a chowhound rec. The Mushroom sauce though was VERY rich. The shrimp mousse was very firm, not very flavorful. So it felt like eating stiff pasta in richy salty sauce. Bleh!!
Black Cod w/ Miso: Thanks to Nobu, this dish has to be on every Asian fusion restaurant menu. I think we might have even had it at Yi, but I cant even remember! I actually not a big fan, but my friend is, so I just took a little bit from the decent (palm) sided filet. And honestly, it was GREAT. The fish was not fishy even in the slightest bit, the miso sauce was wonderfully balanced. It totally made up for the disappointment of the Ravioli
Crab Cake Trio: A few weekends ago my BF made the most wonderful home made crab cakes. I dont even like crab, but these were so good that I probably ate more crab that weekend than I had my entire life!! However, these three little crab cakes I think gave BFs recipe a run for their money! Wonderfull crisp outside, inside absolutely no filler but tons of flavor including a sharp hint of whole grain mustard (Which I love!!). If I wasnt such a Ahi fiend, Id pick this as the best dish
Prime Filet Mignon Skewer w/ Roquefort Butter: This I ordered because I love meat and blue cheese together. And the meat was indeed wonderful. Perfectly rare, tender, buttery. However, the butter the was atop was REALLY over powering and I say that as a blue cheese fiend. It really distracted from the dish, which was an absolute shame. Next time Ill do it without the butter
POTATO DAUPHINOIS in casserole: We got conned into this by the waiter who said it would go PERFECT with the beef. But as I feared, it was WAY rich. Especially after the ravioli, it was just too much. We left about half of it uneaten (And Orris is about small plates, so it wasnt that much to begin with!)
Again, nice wine list, but I enjoyed a wonderful wheat German beer with dinner (which was a recommended pairing with the beef I wish more restaurants would do beer pairings!) And all in all, a nice dinner. But its not as GREAT as I hoped it would be. Next time Im on Sawtelle Ill try something else, like GR eats! :)