my bf took us to grace last evening for our anniversary and i am happy to say that the experience, except for one glitch, was fantastic. we were seated in the very dimly lit and private back dining room, which led to a very romantic meal as opposed to the main dining area which is very crowded and noisy.
first off, it is refreshing not to feel pressured about wine, or bottled water. we started sharing three appetizers along with their incredible signature bread. the butter lettuce salad with buttermilk dressing, cherry tomatos,incredible smoky bacon and bleu cheese. it was wonderful. a special of lobster cavateli, with mushrooms and english peas in a deliciously light buttery sauce. and finally the thai lobster soup. although there are only maybe 2 small pieces of lobster, the soup is creamy and spicy and the essence of the lobster lingers. really super.
i had the wild boar, sliced on top of perfectly cooked brussel sprouts and spetzele surrounded by a tangy red wine reduction. huge portion of food. my bf ordered the duo of beef. the dish consisted of a small filet and short ribs, sweet cippolini oninons and a potato cake which was overly salted. he thought both meats were cooked perfectly and richly flavorful. we were unfortunately too stuffed for dessert but they "graciously" offered their morning after pastries in a beautiful to-go box for our anniversary.
the one glitch was, upon arrival we were mistakenly seated in the main dining room. i suppose their sophisticated, computerized reservation system is not as high tech as they thought. being that my bf had made the reservations two weeks prior and re-confirmed two days in advance. he was assured a private dining room table and their error caused undue embarassment on a special occasion for us. no harm, no foul, the error was immediately rectified with no resistance but blamed on a new employee.
all in all, it is rare in los angeles to have a restaurant maintain its high standards year after year. the service and the food were top notch.