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Lunch at Paladar

lil mikey | Mar 19, 2003 06:20 PM

Driving by, you can easily miss it. But several times I saw the “Bistro” sign, and finally remembered it at lunch time.

We arrived at 12:30, and were the second table filled. It’s a small place and the staff is friendly.

Bread is served with a dipping sauce that tastes like mayonnaise with onion soup mix. The bread was fresh and delicious. I could pass on the sauce.

For appetizers I ordered the beef empanadas (they also have spinach). They were large, and not doughy. The meet inside was hamburger. I would have preferred shredded beef, but nonetheless, I enjoyed it. This is a lot of food for an appetizer.

My friend got the cream of broccoli soup, which was also large for a first course. It came with a big slice of bread with melted cheese on top. It looked wonderful.

For the main course, I got the hearts of palm salad. It was also large and had artichoke hearts, sliced baby tomatoes (I think it’s so much better if they’re sliced, as I don’t run the risk of one slipping away from me as I try to stab it with my fork), some greens, corn, garbanzo beans, and dried banana chips. It had a tangy dressing with a little spicy bite to it. I really enjoyed this salad.

My buddy got the chicken entrée, which turned out to be enormous. It was a large mound of mashed potatoes, with a roasted half chicken on top. It had a brown sauce in the bottom of the bowl, and looked really good. But it was so large that he could only eat about half of it.

I had a sparkling water and he had a diet coke. The whole thing came to about $41 before tip.

It’s a little expensive for lunch, but the quality was very good and I think we could have adjusted our order a little bit knowing the size of the dishes and it would have been much less expensive. I am definitely going back for lunch, and probably dinner, too.

It’s in Hollywood on Wilcox, south of Hollywood Boulevard, before you get to Selma. It’s on the west side of the street.

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