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Fantastic Fenix dinner, empty tables

Just Larry | Sep 2, 200112:29 PM

Hi, Due to popular request I will now post as "Just Larry" instead of "Larry". I am writing to tell about the most amazing dinner that we had last night. It was at Fenix at the Argyle. It is on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood near La Cienega. We tried a couple of wines by the glass, a Meritage and a Shiraz. Both were excellent. My wife ordered the Hearts of Romaine Salad which was like a very good Ceasar but with corn kernels. I started with Lobster and Corn Bisque. Fantastic. Next I had Hudson Valley Foi Gras over figs and cranberries...bliss. My wife ordered the Roasted Chestnut, Black Apple and Wild Mushroom Ravioli and I ordered the Muscovy Duck and Tangerine Tamale. Both were great. Even though we ordered just appetizers we couldn't finish everything. We did force ourselves to try the Flourless Chocolate Tart, fresh baked, with caramelized banannas and Vanilla Iced Cream. The service was amazing, I left a 30% tip. The room is the essence of Art Deco and throughout the hotel are photographs of movie actors dating back to silent films. Keep a few bucks handy at the end of the meal, validated parking is $7.00. Our dinner with wine and coffee was just under $100.00 before tip. Entrees go up to $34.00 but appetizers are all under $16.00 with many under $10.00. The room was quite empty which I felt was a shame considering how nice a time we had and how well the chef cooks. I should point out the the official chef is David Slatkin who was off when we were there. I can only hope that the food is as good when he is there. The Sous Chef has been there since Ken Frank and is quite a master of his craft.

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