When friends called to say they had just dined at the new Literati II in Bentwood on Wilshire and Bundy and that it reminded them of Campanile in the old days, we rushed right over. As someone may have reported, the room is bistro chic with a very good eye to detail and form. The lunch menu is reminiscent of what we've become accustomed to from Northern California influence and a Cavatelli ($18) with market fresh peas and artichoke was lovely and the turkey Cobb salad ($14) had nice chunks of fresh turkey, tomato, avocado and even broccoli. The dressing was a rich and creamy buttermilk bleu cheese ranch dressing. Desserts should not be missed. At $6, the special banana cream pie for lunch held its own among the best with as delicate crust as I've had in awhile. $10 for a Lincourt chardonnay made my companion happy and the Chamomille iced tea was an unexpected and, I think, pleasant surprise. Sufficient ice continues to be a dining challenge. Literati II features one of the best bread selections I've encountered recently with the usual La Brea Ciabatta offset by some nice thin cheese crisps and herb cracker like bread. We asked for butter although the red pepper spread was nice.
Suddenly the Westside has a distinctive burgeoning neighborhood restaurant scene. Two for lunch without tip was $62.24. Not cheap. But good. (Oh, the wine list presentation put a smile on our faces.)