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GOose Dinner for XMAS at Hortobagy AND blair review

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GOose Dinner for XMAS at Hortobagy AND blair review

Jerome | Dec 17, 2003 10:04 PM

First, went to dinner at Laszlo's cuisine hortobagy (hungarian food) on Ventura in Studio City tonight. Decent venison. Good foie gras on salad appetizer. BUT there is a sign up (no price set yet) for their Xmas eve and Xmas night dinner, six course goose dinner , two kinds of goose soup - roast goose, a goose risotto type dish, various desserts several side dishes. So you can call, xmas eve is just lunch but goes late, xmas night is 4pm -9pm. They're listed. Sorry, don't feel like searching right now.

NExt, went to Blair's last night. Wanted to love it. The decor is great. Warm inside. Beautifully appointed, good service. Apologetic when something was out or missing. Very nice.
The menu is relatively ambitious. One of our party did verywell ordering the filet (most exp on the menu at $28, most entrees are $14-18) and a decent salad. I ordered the bigeye tuna tartare which turned out to be a few pieces of raw tuna dice sprinkled over an undressed napa cabbage slaw. It needed some kind of dressing or sauce or something. Same with the braised short ribs and the sea bass. Uninspired, missing something. The short ribs were bland, nearly tasteless, perhaps the braising liquid could have been more flavorful. They were also served relatively dry. Some of the cooking liquid might've helped.

The desserts were ok, the bread pudding was bland although the sour cream dollop helped; the cranberry crisp was shockingly sour (some might like it that way, I wasn't thrilled) and the "liquid" chocolate cake was good.

It's a decent place for a date. Probably the kitchen will get better. I didn't feel it was appropriate when they had all been so sweet to tell them that the food had been a disappointment. If I hear it's getting better, I might try it again because it's a great setting - very cozy. If you like great ambience and rate it first even over food, this is the place for you. If you don't care about ambience, you might go elsewhere. The bar was full and a lot of fun.

Nice crowd as well.

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