First, thanks for all the tips re: downtown dining on previous thread (Disney Hall Dining Dilemma).
Traffic was hell on Thursday, taking us a full 75 minutes to get from Tarzana to Downtown.
Arrived at the Omni, took elevator upstairs to Noe:
Decor: Slightly sterile and corporate. Cold. View of California Plaza reminded me of being in any office park anywhere in the USA.
Service: Adequate. Had to ask for bread. Waiter didn't come by for a good five minutes - inexusable, IMO. Someone should bring menus and drinks right away. After that, service was fine.
Food: We opted to share the signature dishes:
Mimosa Salad: A tiny tower of what tasted like chinese chicken salad with a scramble egg on top. Tasty, but only about 5 bites of food.
Lobster Napoleon: Delicious. Perfectly cooked lobster in a tomato fondue. Nice sized portion.
Farfalla with Mint: Cheesecake Factory sized portion. Why S.Irene got all frothy over this is a mystery. Sorta bland, and the chicken (white meat) was dryish, as chicken tends to be. Am I the only one who thinks that chicken has no place in a pasta dish - I've never seen it in Italy.
Rigatoni with Meat Sauce: Again, huge portion of oversauced pasta. OK, nothing special.
Lemon/Berry desert: A bunch of berries swimming in a lemon foam type substance. Light and refreshing, though hardly remarkable. I could whip this up at home in a minute.
Total tab: $90 with tax/tip (including one bottle water, tea. no alcohol)
Again, another reason why I don't dine out on the high-end in this city.
It is, however, convenient to Disney Hall. That building has remarkable sound and Haydn's "The Creation" never sounded better.