Boo, boo, boo, boo, boo.
Just returned from DineLA lunch at Patina. Had never been before, was dying to try, can now say that I will probably never return.
I went with a group of seven people. Two couldn't find an appetizer they liked, so they just ordered off the regular menu. The rest of us chose the "study" of market beets on watercress salad with citrus fruit, pistachio crusted goat cheese and a "goat cheese cloud." It was simply OKAY, a few pieces of watercress, some sliced fruit and a dollup of whipped cheese. Nothing inspiring and definitely no "wow" factor.
For mains, four of us went with the osso buco and one went with the short rib ravioli (the other two ordered off the regular menu and fared a bit better). I do not think I have ever seen such a small portion of osso buco, not that the THREE ravioli was a much better option. Nothing was provided to assist removing the marrow, so we all worked at it with our knives. Not entirely dignified. The highlight of the dish were the diced morsels of zucchini and the sliver of tomato adorning the dish. All in all, the mains were as weak as the appetizer.
The finale of petit fours rounded out our OKAY meal. Our socks were definitely not knocked off, so to speak.
Had I paid regular prices, I would have been angry, rather than simply disappointed by the mediocrety of the meal.