Pat's - LA

Barat | Sep 6, 200405:05 PM

I wanted to comment on Pat's on West Pico Boulevard in LA. It's clearly regarded as the 'occasion' restaurant in the neighborhood, and last week on a first-time visit to LA, my family and I had two wonderful dinners there. On the first night, we had a salad nicoise, a chinese chicken salad, a hamburger platter, and a pasta caponata. What impressed us was the quality of each different item, prepared in very different ways - the hamburger was grilled wonderfully, the Chinese salad was crisp, dry and beautifully proportioned, and the pasta caponata mixed eggplant and tomato with sharp tastes and textures. The chocolate bread pudding dessert (a special on that night) was terrific. The total bill was under $120 for 4 people ordering three courses with wine, which amazed us. On the second night, we arrived just as the kitchen was closing, and they let us in even though it was after 10pm, and asked us to order straightaway. We frankly ordered badly - we had a beef bourgignon which was not suited to the meal. When we sent it back untouched, David Lee, the manager, insisted on removing this charge from the bill, despite our protests! Similarly with the wine we ordered because our first choice was not available - when we switched to glasses of something different, David struck the wine charge from the bill. Their explanation? They felt that their job was to make their curstomers happy, regardless of any 'fault.' Surely there can be no higher standard of restaurant service. Speaking of which, our servers both nights, Brandon and David, were both cheerful and knowledgable about the entire menu. So, Kosher or not (and there were MANY mixed or totally non-observant parties in the restaurant, both nights) Pat's is a great choice.

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