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Rustic Canyon report


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Rustic Canyon report

mollyomormon | Apr 29, 2007 01:49 PM

We tried this place twice when it first opened and had service issues both times and the food wasn't quite right either. We decided to give them time to iron out the kinks and so we headed back on Friday night. We had 10:30 reservations (that's one thing I love about this is open so late!) and were seated immediately. The place was probably half full at that point which was good as I could tell immediately that they haven't done anything about the sound yet. It's so loud! Even with the restaurant half-full, I still had a hard time hearing my boyfriend some of the time.

Anyway, they completely had the service kinks ironed out this time and we had fantastic service throughout the meal. Sarted with a bottle of Argentinian Malbec which tasted good to my very untrained wine palette. We decided to just order a bunch of appetizers so we could share and try lots of dishes and they did a very good job of pacing these so that we only had two plates on the table at a time. I should also mention that I very much like the flatbread with butter and maybe harrissa (I really can't tell what it is) that they bring instead of a bread basket. So, we started with the goat cheese, morel, and prosciutto pizetta, which was very good, albeit a little difficult to eat because the crust was kind of hard to tear. We also had the asparagus soup, definitely our least favorite dish of the night. It tasted very strongly of asparagus, but nothing else. It's hard to describe, but it just had an unpleasant, one-note flavor that tasted if it needed some seasoning, even if just a little salt. This lack of seasoning continued in some of the other dishes, like the sliced filet with horseradish cream over lightly creamed spinach. Again, the spinach was almost completely flavorless, I couldn't detect the flavor of horseradish at all, and the filet had the texture of good steak, but almost no flavor (I guess this is fairly typical of filet, though?). The other app we had at the same time was awesome, though. Mussels in some sort of garlicy broth that came with grilled dipping bread. We had to ask for more bread to sop all the juice...I breifly considered drinking it from the bowl because it was so tasty!
To finish we shared the cheese plate, which I also enjoyed. The waiter didn't tell what the cheeses were when he brought the plate, but I believe there was a goat cheese, manchego and epoisses. Came with plenty of toasted raisin nut bread, some walnuts and dried fruit.

All this was, I believe, somewhere around a hundred before tip. Even though it's within walking distance, it's still not somewhere I'll probably go regularly just because it's so damn loud and the food isn't seasoned well enough for me to enjoy it. I for sure will be back for those mussels, though.

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