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Social Hollywood

sunsetlocal | Jun 30, 2006 04:53 AM

This is clearly a spot that hopes to attract the hipsters, but surprisingly the dining experience had some promise. The space is interesting with lots of screens and good basic bones to the architecture. Servers (and a captain for goodness sakes) make an effort to enhance your evening, with perhaps a little more patter and staffing than is necessary. Appetizers (the sweetbreads and the salmon napoleon) were tasty but a bit on the small size. Salting was borderline too much, as with the mains, but the flavors were intense. Entrees on the other hand are huge. The duck breast with confit of duck leg and the loop du mer in grape leaves were each a meal in themselves. For us, the Moroccan inspired spicing was perhaps a little over the top, but the quality of the basic ingredients was quite acceptable. Too much food to sample either the cheese plate (all Cal) or desserts. Service is still working out the kinks. They actually have a stand for your purse (should this be your accessory of choice) but in our case it did not appear until half way through the service. The Capitan actually encouraged us to go with the Pouilly Fuisse at $60 instead of the Chateau Montelena at $90 which to me is a good sign. Lately was too many "Hollywood Sommeliers" have tried to up-sell me to wine twice what I suggested, so perhaps this should not be a positive, but an expectation. In any event would probably go back, at least to check out the bar to your right which had a sort of cool red/black vibe going on. Good hunting.

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