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Downtown LA restaurant reviews

AlkieGourmand | Jan 7, 201210:25 PM

Lazy Ox
Grilled chicken with tangy red sauce. Pretty good. Overcooked and dry, but not badly so.
Spaghetti squash with butter, cheese, and herbs. Very good.
Blistered shishito peppers. Same old same old, but I knew this when I ordered them.
Butterscotch pudding. Excellent.
Beers. Good.

The Gorbals
French fries. Very good except oversalted.
Grilled shrimp in anchovy butter. Good. I prefer shelled.
Seared broccoli in soy sauce and vinegar sauce. Too much sauce. Too salty. Too oily. Rather poor in my opinion.
Toffee pudding. Excellent.
Beers. Good.

Yellowtail carpaccio. Good. The mustard flavor gave slight interest to what otherwise would have been a real yawner.
Foie gras terrine with apple (or pear). Good. Standard Michelin-starred French fare.
Grilled vegetable mosaic. Chef's signature dish? I thought overcooked, bland, and boring.
Seared dayboat scallops with black truffles. Excellent. Scallops were perfectly cooked, raw and delicious inside.
Butter poached lobster. Good, but stringy.
Desserts. I forget.
Wines by the glass. Insipid.

Drago Centro
Grilled squid with lentils. Very good. The squid had a nice char and good texture. It paired well with the earthy lentils and olive oil.
Spaghetti with swordfish. Disappointing. Meaty fish didn't seem to go well with spaghetti. Capers and raisins overpowered. Dish was oversauced and heavy.
Grilled scallops. A bit overcooked. Too much char flavor. Oversalted.
Espresso affogato. Why waste the calories?
Wines by the glass. Good.

Border Grill
Chips and three salsas. Chips were stale and oversalted. Salsas were watery.
Spinach/mushroom empanada duo. Very good. Attractive dish.
Peruvian ceviche. Rather bad. Fish was tough and chalky. Diced too small. Overmarinated. Sauce was overpowering given small dice size.

Cucina Rustica
Caprese salad. Garbage.
Chicken pesto pizza. Garbage.

Bottega Louie (brunch)
Smoked salmon millefeuille. Rather impressive and tasty. Good mix of flavors--salmon, cream cheese, mustard, puff pastry.
Roasted potatoes. Good.
Turkey sausage. Not so good. Dry, tough links.
Coffee. A strong point of Bottega Louie.

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