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My Evening at Simon LA

Cooper100 | Jan 31, 200810:16 AM

We went last night, had a party to go to at 10, so we decided to have dinner there before. I tried to get an 8pm reservation on Monday, they said, "just come in - we'll find something for you"... well, what they found was this odd long, low plank table in the center of the restaurant they called "the chef's table"... it was more like the Children's Table, and was really uncomfortable. Low, sat on upholstered stools with no back. We waited 20 minutes before anyone arrived to take drinks orders - Luckily the evening improved from there. There were lots of apologies and the service was fine. The food was actually very good. We had no intention of ordering off the DineLA menu, but after looking at the standard menu, the DineLA menu was more appealing.

Starters were a Crab salad - DELICIOUS and a Yellowtail Carpaccio, also good. The mains were braised short ribs which were great and a huge portion, and I had Red Thai Chicken Curry which was very good, if standard curry. Desserts were little red velvet cupcakes, so so and a doughnut bread pudding which was AWFUL. The little touch at the end was some fresh, fun cotton candy! Nice fun touch.

Would I go back? Nope. Just not special enough. Fine but not good enough in this town where excellent restaurants have FINALLY arrived.

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