A few weeks ago I posted an inquiry into the Oasis restaurant (on La Brea) and a couple of you had nothing but horrible things to say about it. Well, because I am impressed with the atmosphere there, I decided to take a chance on the place.
I have to say that, while it's not the best I've ever had, it's perfectly suitable for a decent tapas dinner. I went with two friends, and we had a bottle of very good Spanish wine, plus the following tapas:
*Curry Fries (good texture, nice mild curry sauce on the side)
*Stuffed Portabello Mushroom (Excellent - stuffed with a variety of spices and some sort of shell fish)
*Fried calamari (light, crispy, served with a spicy aioli)
*Spanish cheese plate (good choices and matchups)
*Tandoori beef with cilantro rice (good flavor, could have been a bit better but not bad)
The thing with Oasis is the surroundings - our booth was covered with a gold metallic curtain, there are fantastic silk pillows and middle-eastern-themed vases and mirros and what-nots all over the place. It is a restaurant on one side, bar on the other, with a patio out front for smoking, so it covers all the basis for a night out. It's a fun hangout, with decent food and sometimes, that's enough.
Our total bill, including a 20% tip, came out to be $35 per person - very reasonable. My only complaint was the dessert - we had churros with a chocolate dipping sauce. The churros were deep fried to the point where it was a bit too hard, and the sharp edges actually cut the inside of my mouth when I took a bite - one of my dining companions experienced the same thing! So there's two of us with cut mouths from churros. I know, it sounds wacky - but it was more wack than anything else!
I emailed them to let them know - hopefully that'll fix it.