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Final weekend restaurant report -- Orris

janet of reno | Mar 14, 200612:14 PM

Well, the weather didn't get a whole lot better once I got to LA....oh well. At least the sun came out as I was leaving Monday! Anyway, my Sunday night dinner was at Orris, on Sawtelle a block and a half north of Olympic. I was treating my friend, so she chose the restaurant and told me it was one of her favorites in LA. She told me ahead of time it was hard to describe, but perhaps could be best by calling it "small plates with Asian sensibilities." OK, I'll buy that. I've known this girl since sixth grade, and she has always shown chowhound tendencies...so I knew the food would be good. Unfortunately, she is quite petite, and perhaps wasn't as bothered by I was by the fact that the tables are so close you could reach out and sample your neighbor's food (And I was tempted to do so on several occasions!). Next time I would choose either the bar (formerly a sushi bar I assume; you can watch your food being made!) or at one of the outdoor tables (it was so crowded Sunday people were going for that option, despite the very cold temps. The restaurant does not take reservations, btw). Anyway, the food is definitely worth it. I can't remember everything we ate; it was all shared small plates. Several standouts were the crab-cucumber salad, the lamb carpaccio, and the special lobster roll. The description of that salad doesn't do it justice: the cucumber is cut into long julienne strips that give it the appearance of pasta...and the crab was so delicious! The lamb was also very special! This was the only meal I paid for all weekend, so I can report that dinner for two (with a number of small plates, two deserts, coffee, one glass of wine, and tip) was $100. Worth every bite.

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