Had lunch twice this weekend, and both were reminders of why I dine out so infrequently in LA:
1. The Lobster: Started well, but our server seemed to disappear for half the meal. The other half was spent waiting on VIP's at the table next to us. When I finally got my mussels (after about 1/2 hour wait), I realized they had been sitting under a heat lamp for at least 10 minutes - lukewarm and dried out - yuck. I ate a few, and left the rest on my plate. The waiter never even mentioned it. In addition, after the table is cleared, he brings our check and simultaneously asks if we want desert. God, how I yearn to be back in Europe where no one presents a bill until requested, and then often not :^) BTW, the food was OK. Tab for two: $55 with no alcohol.
2. Brunch at Campanile: I don't like sitting at two-tops, if possible. With about 5 open 4 seaters, request one, but am told they are reserved. (I made reservation, BTW). Of course, only half are taken by the time we leave at 1:00 pm. The lack of a bread basket/pastries has always bugged me here: they give them virtually everywhere else. At Campinile, you need to pay $4.00 for a crossaint. Meanwhile, our service is prompt, my beef hash is bland and watery and we leave, two people, $48 poorer.
If these joints were half the price, I might frequent more often. Of course, they were fairly busy, so maybe it's me that needs to make more $$$