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Norman's - First Visit

dang10 | Apr 11, 2004 02:00 AM

Just came home from Norman's on Sunset Strip. I wasn't disappointed at all. Highly recommended.

Atmosphere is modern and comfortable. Kitchen is totally enclosed in glass - really beautiful. Staff is extremely cordial and well prepared in every way. They even hand the women a little hook to hang their purses from the table. Lots of cute touches. Waiter really loved his job and the food. He was very helpful.

The food: Florida/Cuban/Caribbean fusion. There were 4 of us and we tried a lot.
Best hits: Conch chowder is amazing. They server a bowl filled with diced peppers, citrus, conch and other items,then pour the soup (a thin, rich broth) over it tableside. They then ladle on a dollop of creme fraiche. Delicious. The Fois Gras on 'french' toast was also outstanding. Caesar is very different but very tasty - a cream dressing with ricotta, white anchovy, and shredded beef. Main courses - Cod Pad Thai, with scallops shrimp, etc. is delicious. Lamb chop was flavorful and juicy. Sole served over garlic potatoes with citrus butter was also very tasty, probably the mildest item on the menu. Cheese plate is awesome for dessert. Get the 'Mordier' a french cheese from cow's milk. For dessert, I highly recommend the 'banana split'. It is like no banana split you'll ever have. More like carmelized plantains, homemade ice cream.

Place isn't cheap. Watch out for the $7 bottles of Hawaiian spring water. Dinner for 4 with drinks was over $300.

I will certainly return - a refreshing change on the LA dining scene. Also, parking underneath is $10 but the restaurant reimburses you for the whole thing on your check.

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