Raced over to Sona from LAX after a day trip to just-as-wet SF for dad's GF's birthday dinner. Unfortunately, the group had already ordered appetizers and didn't want to switch to tasting menus. I had only done the TM so this would be new.
We were seated at the end of the quiet little room to the left, perhaps the only table in the place where one could hear one's tablemates.
I started with the beet and goat cheese salad. Drowned in way too much horseradish. Literally inedible. Guest of honor had the albacore sashimi: boooooooring. Dad had lobster appetizers with mushrooms: tasted good to me but not special.
Service: bad all night long. Waitress was not the least bit warm. On several occasions plates were placed in front of the wrong people. Took FOREVER to get bread, water, wine, etc.
Main courses: Dad's GF's friend had ordered the salmon; it literally had not hit the table before she said, "Oh, no. No, no no. This HAS to go back. It's WAY too rare." And she was right. Other friend ordered hers medium so didn't have that problem but only pecked at hers. I had the short ribs with potatoes and carrots, as did the guest of honor. She thought they were too rich and complained they made her sick later that night. I thought they were pretty yummy myself but definitely rich. Dad had the lamb, nothing special there.
Desserts: the guest of honor went with the chocolate soup concoction with madeleines and more chocolatey stuff in there: BARF! The chocolate soup literally tasted like medicine. Yecch! Other friend had the apple and berry tart with some kind of caramel ice cream that everyone agreed literally tasted like mustard. Gag me with a spoon.
Going in two weeks with another friend to do the tasting menu as I have heard that if you don't get the tasting menu it can be really bad. Well, we didn't get the tasting menu and it was really bad...$410 for five.