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Nic's Martini Lounge - Review (long)


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Nic's Martini Lounge - Review (long)

Natalie in Los Angeles | Oct 30, 2005 01:55 PM

Went last night to Nic's for dinner. Started out with some of their signature martinis. Husband had the MAYTAG REPAIRMAN (Belvedere Vodka with Maytag bleu cheese stuffed olives)and he loved it. Thought the olives were amazing. I had the GOLDEN TRIANGLE (Ketel One Citroen, fresh sweet & sour, Grand Marnier with a twist in a sugar rimmed glass.) I usually drink regular martinis, but wanted to try something different. This was delicious and not too sweet, which I was concerned about. I'm going to try this at home. Friend had POMEGRANATING (Rain Vodka, pomegrante juice, pineapple juice, and a splash of fresh sweet & sour) which she really enjoyed and had 2 of (she is usually a 1 drink girl!)

Great appetizers. We had 2 of the NicNic platters (I think they were called.) One was Spain...Jamon, Green olives, and 2 cheese with crostini, and one was Greek...hummous, grilled artichokes, feta cheese and black olives with pita bread. Everything was fresh and tasty.

Friend had the soup of the day...Ginger Carrot. It was delicious! A little spicy for her but I love ginger and it had a real fresh ginger bite. Also had half-dozen oysters on the half-shell (perfect) and "Nic’s oysters, sautéed on spinach with walnuts and garlic (very famous!)" They are famous for a reason...they were outstanding! Hot, garlicy, crunchy, yet creamy. Considering that my husband and I love raw oysters and would definitely get these again says something.

I had the fish special, which was black cod with fresh corn and clams in a shrimp broth. It was hearty, yet light, and very satisfying. Husband and friend had the grilled lobster with heirloom tomatoes and arugula. The lobster was so good. Perfectly grilled, so sweet and buttery. Her husband had the grilled rib-eye with cream spinach. It was cooked to perfection, with a crusty grilled bite and medium rare in the middle, and with the addition of a little salt (the only thing that needed any adjusting) it was exactly as a great steak should be. We all thoroughly enjoyed everything!

Dessert was a molten chocolate cake with pistachio gelato. It could have been warmer, which was our only (slightly) negative comment on the evening. Once the waiter saw how we went after that pistachio gelato, he brought us a separate bowl of that for sharing!

The service was wonderful, gracious and leisurely. No feeling of being rushed at all. Our reservation was at 7:30, we were seated promptly and we left around 10pm. The atmosphere is like a NY supper club and we sat in a curved booth where we could all comfortably speak, yet see what else was going on in the room. Larry came out to make sure we were happy with our food and was very personable. No pressure to buy water...we went with 'Beverly Hill's finest.'

All in all, it was a wonderful evening. We all agreed that we will be back, and in fact are thinking of maybe planning a friend's birthday dinner at the restaurant.

Oh, and for 4 of us, 2 drinks each, a bottle of wine, the food listed above, plus 3 espressos, tax and tip, the total came to $400.


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