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Pastis review

Deb | Aug 27, 200405:01 PM

Had a charming evening at Pastis, on Beverly Boulevard, marred by just the odd hiccup. We booked a table for 6.30, a little early for me, being European, I like to dine later, when the ambience of a restaurant is always that much nicer when its dark outside!!! A few tables were taken, we were seated quickly, the bread basket appeared soon after, we ordered drinks, and well, here's my gripe. Does anyone else find it annoying that when your $10 glass of wine arrives(sancerre, in this case) just 1/3 of the glass is filled?? This has happened to me on a number of occasions, most recently at The Farm, at The Grove. When we questioned this, the waitress told us that they had run out of smaller glasses, so it only looked less because of the size of the glass!!!!! Back to Pastis, I had ordered champagne, which came in a fully filled flute(a bit poetic, that!!!) but my friends glass of sancerre was sadly lacking. My friend didn't seem to mind, so we said nothing, and to be fair, we had a lovely meal. My chicken tagine was delish,with a lovely fruity spicey taste, my friends paella declared very tasty, but yes, the lack of wine left me a little miffed. My dessert, a lemon tart, encased in a terrific pastry shell(pate sucre, very buttery, just how I like it) was a hit, it was served with a raspberry coulis. The bill was $85, which was a little steep, considering my friends 2 glasses of wine were really only equal to 1!!!! No appetizers and only 1 dessert.I have to say that the atmosphere in the restaurant was very pleasant, it got very busy after 8pm, (we were there on Thursday), the waitress was very attentive, my guest drinks glass after glass of water, and the empty glass was never empty for very long, such was the level of service. In conclusion, other than the wine problem, an enjoyable experience.

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