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My Literati II - Long

jeb | Feb 28, 200608:37 PM

Having read so much about this restaurant, my friends (8 of us) and I tried it this past Saturday night.

Decor: Clean, warm and comfortable. Too bad the well thought out outside patio sits on the corner of Wilshire and Bundy.

Staff/Service: Very friendly and able. Waiter had definite favorites on the menu instead of the typical "everything is good" or try the lobster special (at $60/pp).

Libations/Wine: We brought a lot of wine with us, but still ordered a cocktail to test the bartender. We were rewarded with well balanced mojitos and martinis. Our champagne (celebrating an engagement and Bday) sat for a while before they brought flutes and they corked our two bottles of wine. Corkage is $15 and we bought two bottles (Ridge Lytton Springs and a Bourgongne) off of the well chosen wine list, but they only waived the champagne.

The Grinds: They brought out an assortment of breads along with a tomatoe "salsa"; like a tapanade. Split the mussels (plump and delicious, but a bland broth), "nettle" soup was VERY green and was heavily flavored with olive oil and garlic but still tasty. I didn't taste the remaining appetizers.
For entrees, I tried the ever popular Neiman Ranch pork chop which was magnificent; lightly smoky,juicy, cooked a tad pink and very flavorful. Tried the hangar steak which was a little too salty, but more offensive was that it came pre-sliced. Yellowtail was cooked perfectly, but I didn't think the accompanying broth or veges stood out.
For dessert, go with the churro; it was insanely good!

Overall: 2 1/2 stars and I would definitely go again. They also serve lunch and brunch which I'm sure is solid as well.

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