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Nook Bsitro: first time

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Nook Bsitro: first time

silence9 | Jun 23, 2005 12:36 PM

Hello... Well we finally made it to Nook Bistro in West Los Angeles, last evening. What a simple and well executed idea. We arrived early, 5:45 p.m. without reservations, and within a few minutes the place was full. Service was attentive and unobtrusive and assured. The space itself was representative of what Gorikee (in Woodland Hills) could aspire to, with just a bit of an eye toward design. At Nook, the ambience is smart, spare, and doesn't try too hard... We started with the crispy calamari app ($8), enough for two, drizzled lightly with a citrusy soy, and a mild wasabi aioli on the side. Oh, and the complimentary curry-boiled peanuts were, as others have noted, just odd enough to keep fingers and legume holes busy. For mains, I had the wonderful braised short ribs with smashed potatoes, onion, and bacon; rich and unctuous and well portioned at $17. Wife had the Nook burger, which they will cook to order, topped with wine braised onion, gruyere, and really peppery arugula, on a foccacia roll; $10, and comes with frites. Very reminescent of Gorikee's Wimpy burger, minus the chutney. Good beefy flavor. We split a dessert of blueberry shortbread with fresh berries & whipped cream. Pure summer on a plate. One app, two mains, one dessert and beverages (Boylans and fresh lemonade) equaled $50 before tax and tip. There was alot on the menu that I look forward to trying soon. They make it real easy to want to return, and we will...

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