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Foodies Review - Brentwood

WLA | Jun 19, 2003 10:12 AM

Persuaded my wife to try this new, (open 3 weeks) place last night. It is located in the same mini mall with VIP Harbor/Asakuma on the corner of Wilshire and Barrington. There is no charge for parking in the mall, just whatever you decide to tip the valet.

They did a nice job with the inside. Mostly tables, not too close together and then a banquet against the wall with a mirrored wall behind so the one facing in doesn't feel cut off from the world.

Service was very attentive and the food came out with very little delay. Right off the bat they bring out two warm and wonderful pretzels and on the table are Beaver brand sweet hot honey mustard and brown mustard with grated horseradish, (wasn't someone on the board just looking for a place to buy that?).

Quality was good on our dinner selections, but we chose what I would say were not the top vote getters for my wife and I in the pressed sandwiches. Hers with fried chicken and jack with buttermilk ranch, (which need a bit more chicken) and mine the caprese-fresh buffalo mozzarella with basil pesto, (which used a very healthy and consequently very dry whole-wheat tree bark sort of bread). OK, but not wonderful, although the side of fries was good.

The best thing was my wife's fire roasted tortilla soup with chicken. I will have a bowl for myself the next time, and they also serve it with shrimp or an all veggy version.

They have a nice selection of appetizers, entree salads, sandwiches and burgers. They also have main course entrees like achiote chicken breast or a 12 oz. dry rub grilled rib eye or macadamia nut encrusted salmon. The most expensive main in the menu was $23.95, (for their Danish baby-back ribs) but most of the salads and sandwiches ran from 7.95 to 15.95. They also have a nice selection of pasta dishes.

You can tell they are trying to set themselves apart from the run of the mill restaurants in that they offer a pretty interesting selection of on tap beers like Chimay from Belgium, and Bolleke which they say is a German Microbrew.

Just as a point of interest both the owner and his wife are hearing impaired, so you have to say that they have not let their difficulties slow them down in life.

I hope they make it because I can see making this a regular dining stop on our circuit.

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