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kevin | Aug 17, 200203:16 PM     1

I went here a couple weeks ago and this is actually pretty good stuff. Surroundings are comfortable and not too fancy. Actually I passed by this place for many years without an urge or hankering to try until there was a little counter intelligence review in the Times some months ago. Anyways, the freshly baked bread they bring over to the table as soon as you sit down gets you to a rousing start. But the written menu itself does not sound too interesing and I would recommend pushing it aside and go for whatever the speicals will be for that night. that's definitely the best way to go her (except as is usually the case the nightly specials are more expensive than the menu items). We started with the lobster ravioli in a tomatoish-cream sauce. This was good but not great. My friend loved the dish though. And I got the filet mignon with the a cognac sauce, the small though thick chunk of meat was very tender and cooked as requested (i usu. don't order the filet since it's tender though not as tasty as a new york strip but this one came with an interesting sauce). The sauce it was doused with was perfectly modulated and not too heavy and rich (kind of from an opposite school of thought than the ravioli which was sort of drenched in the cream sauce) Also, the steak came with some delicious roasted potatoes and braised spinach greens. Overall, verry verry good stuff. Lastly, finished off with a couple desserts: the chocolate macadamia nut tart, which although tiny, was very tasty and very rich. and a fine chocolate rasberry cake with a nice frosting and mousse layers and just a hint of rasberry to make it all mesh together (as usual they ran out of the famed cheesecake). and finished off with some cappachinos. altogether a great restaurant, and definitely tops for the westwood/west la environs.

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