Stopped by Nook thursday eveing for a quick small dinner. As previously posted, the place is hidden away in a corner of a mini-mall on Santa Monica Blvd in West L.A.. There were only 3 tables occupied, the place has a minimalist look but not cold, sort of a good vibe (the good jazz playing helped). The menu looked great, there were several dishes that sounded appealing. It is divided into big and small. I was sort of in a hurry and not that hungry so I ordered 2 of the smalls- a mussel dish with linguica in a roasted tomato/herb broth served with crostini and a salad with raspberry/beet dressing with walnuts and goat cheese. The mussels were amazingly good, everything was balanced, the garlic, the tomato the herbs. Big green mussels cooked just right. The salad was fine, nothing extraordinary and just a little too much red dressinig fro my tastes. The service was excellent. The manager/partner named Brian introduced himself and explained that they were anticipating approval of their beverage license soo, but unitl then no wine or beer available and no BYOB. I will most definitely return to try more dishes (the albacore sounds great as does the steak).
We were in Santa Barbara last weekend. Had a typically tasty early supper one night at La Super Rica (alas they were out of those delicous beans). Had a great dinner at Olio E Limone. Started with a half order of fettucine with morels and asparagus and then pork tenderloin in a mustard- green peppercorn sauce with wonderfully done pureed potatoes and steamed baby vegetables. My wife started with a warm seafood sald that was incredibly tasty and then had homemade pappardelle with a lamb ragu that was amazing. We drank a 2000 Felsina Berardenga Chianti Classico that worked very well with the food. Split a well made tiramisu for dessert.
Last night 6 of us were at Michael's in Santa Monica. The service was excellent at our table out in the garden, the wine steward very helpful when they were out of a selection I made. I had the honey roasted quail appetizer which was very good and then the rack of lamb/lamb chops which, although well prepared, was nothing special. I tasted some of my friends dishes: oysters fresh and briny, unremarkbable polenta gnocchi, very tasty duck. A Small molten chocolate cake was the favorite dessert. Wound up drinking an amazing Austrian Gruner Veltliner from Domaine Wachau and Seasmoke Pinot Noir (excellent). Overall a good experience, lovely setting with great service, but food that is kind of overpriced for what it is.