My husband and I have season tickets to the Ahmanson along with my dad and stepmom. Pre-theatre dining has been a problem because I just cannot get downtown from work in Century City early enough to allow for a decent dinner downtown. That will be remedied in a few months, but in the meantime we have been struggling. For last Thursday, I suggested Mako, which opens at 6pm, knowing we would have to eat and be out of there by 7pm. (By the way, the current play at the Ahmanson, The Royal Family, was so not to my liking that we actually left at intermission. What a dog!)
I am a big Mako booster, and even more of one now. We were able to have a nicely paced dinner in exactly one hour. We probably ordered a little less than we otherwise would have. We started with double orders of crispy oysters and snow crab tempura (double orders being four pieces to an order, since there were four of us, rather than the usual two pieces). We then had a special of steak (sorry, can't remember exactly what cut) which was done exactly medium rare as requested, sliced, accompanied by some snow peas and mushrooms. We also had "Peking-style" duck, and shrimp pad thai. The crepes for the duck had little bits of orange zest in them. Yum. We finished with the always fabulous yuzu meringue tart and the macadamia nut tart. Everything was great as usual. With a martini for my stepmom, a beer for my dad, a nice cold sake for me (forget which one), diet Coke for my husband, two coffees, total was $150 including tax and tip. We made it to the Ahmanson in time but as it turned out we would have been better off having a more leisurely dinner and skipping the play.