if one is to do a search for reviews on the Little Door, one will come across some pretty scathing reviews back in 2002 and even as late as 2003. it has been awhile, however since anyone has posted on this place - so i decided to chime in.
dinner for party of 12
promptly seated. there was a server change after our drinks/wine were served. afterwards - a lull in the service. several diners noted the wait time between drinks and ordering - but it wasn't anything outstanding or worth complaining about. waiter was quite nice and not snooty in any sense.
ordered the beet salad and ravioli main (which was on special). beet salad came with two varieties of roasted beets, walnuts, and gorgonzola. simply prepared, light dressing that did not overpower the beets. well done, nothing to necessarily go bonkers about though - c'mon, it's just beets and cheese.
ravioli was good, light sauce, asparagus, chanterelles, nothing too stong or overpowering - very mellow flavors and they all seemed to blend nicely. cheese with earthy mushrooms, light flavor of the asparagus. quite good.
dessert was coconut cheesecake. again - i enjoyed it - just the right amount of sweet, and the coconut flavoring came out nicely. passionfruit sauce helped to add a little tang to the dish.
all in all - a very pleasant experience. place got packed towards the end, and the hostess was giving our party the dirty eye. i think service is slower than most places, but not snooty from what i noticed (but previously read about). i equate the service to the service one finds at Cafe Stella or a place where the majority of the waitstaff is european, so you have that "euro-slowness" to the meal and service. i know many will disagree and will say that the service just stinks period, but last night it was fine. also, the busboys were really good - and were there promptly to refill water glasses and remove empty plates.
The Little Door
8164 W. 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048