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Rive Gauche S/Oaks - It had been a long time

carter | Jul 28, 2005 01:55 AM

Friend and I, determined to get out of our usual dining rut, decided we would do a summer re-run on Rive Gauche, Ventura Bl. at Hazeltine. It had been at least 3 years for either of us, and now I know why.
Room is pleasant enough, as it always has been with its main dining room to the left, uncovered patio to the center rear, and the clubby bar in a separate building to the right.
Friend ordered their gazpacho for first course, which was pronounced as Ok, but not nearly as good as his late wife used to make. My cold artichoke was as advertised-cold, but al dente got redefined. Seemed like the bottom was cooked in a separate pot from the flower, as it was perfectly tender, yet all the leaves were a real chore, bordering on impossible. Some like 'em that way, I guess, but I am not one of them. Mushy, no, but fully cooked and chilled still works.
Then my entree of rack of lamb arrived, generous portion with broccoli, carrots and mashed potatoes alongside, but the lamb instead of rare was close to medium-there was a trace of pink- but the waitress said they cannot cook it any less so, or the health dept. would say something! So instead, I did. Nonetheless, ate them, and vowed to not return, yet again.
Friend had the chicken and angel hair entree, and the pasta still had the same shape as the prepackaged shape it came in before it was dropped into the water. Strange presentation, and was pronounced as ok, barely!
3 glasses of wine, one grey goose rocks, two entrees, two apps, and $87 plus tip and we were out of there, with at least a 3-year wait until the next time, if there ever will be another. Too bad the owner of the restaurant also owns the property, and thinks his family knows what and how everyone else wants to eat, as the setting is quite nice, but.... - oh, never mind!

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