Rustic Canyon promised so much greatness... farmer's market produce, attention to detail, organics, local farms, seasonality, a menu full of potential. And then failed to salt the food? I was shocked at my $120 bill of unseasoned soup, unseasoned ratatouille and my friend's unseasoned mussels and unseasoned steak. Dish after dish I kept sipping water and trying to "clear" my tastebuds, mentally checking myself for why I must be missing the salt shaker, trying to figure out why this seemingly good food is underseasoned... I was also looking forward to dessert! But when I only ate 1/3 of the soup and barely any of the ratatouille, I expected the waiter to say something, maybe "How was everything?" or "Was it to your liking?" Or, "Can I get you anything else?" Or any of the million phrases that might suggest that they CARE if anyone likes the food, but nope, nothing. Bus boys cleared the plates and the waiters never stopped by the table to check, so aloof, seemingly smug in the fact that their organic-farmer's market-menu-experiment with marketing and good press- would satisfy any of the 10 people that were seated in the dining room. My companion asked one of the servers if they used salt. He said that he would have to check with the kitchen (??) and came back saying they used a special kind - kosher (!!). When the server innocently brought the bill and said "thank you" instead of "how was everything?", I asked, "So, does the kitchen make a special point of not using enough seasoning so as to highlight the flavors of the produce and organic meats?" He looked insulted and said, "No,... I'm sorry if you felt that way, but they don't make a point of that at all." OH, duh. I left and drove straight to Vito's pizza to satisfy my hunger.
Any Rustic Canyon fans out there? I seriously doubt that I should give them another chance.