Place: The Spanish Kitchen - La Cienega, WeHo
Sunday, 8/7/05 - 8:00 PM
Myself + 2 guests (both male)
Ambiance - B-
Service - B+
Food (Taste) - C-
Food (Presentation) - A-
Wine/Drinks - C
Price - C+
Overall Experience - C+
I love the look of The Spanish Kitchen - old world Spanish details, in an elegant fashion. I had 2 out of town guests and we decided to give this place a whirl.
We were seated promptly and had a very friendly waitress who immediately took our drink orders and brought us chips/salsa. This place is LOUD, however, and it was far from packed.
Here's the lowdown on the food/drinks:
Drinks, Round 1 - I had a mojito (not good - they clearly used cheapish rum and confectioner's sugar).
Guests had a Rockstar/Ketel One (they didn't even have Red Bull - also not good) and a glass of chardonnay (which he said was OK).
Chips/Salsa/Guac - the chips were fine, guac was actually very creamy and fresh, but the salsa was a runny, tastless mess.
Appetizer - we shared the Ceviche, which had a tropical theme (fish, scallops, and shrimp with mango and pineapple, served with dried plantains) - it was served in a hollowed out coconut and looked gorgeous, but the taste was very bland - no citrusy zing, no spicy kick, just mediocre seafood.
Main Courses - I had the Red Snapper, stuffed with blue crap and served on a chipolte potato puree with an aspargus cream sauce. The fish was light, but overcooked, and while once again the dish looked gorgeous, the taste was very disappointing. Too heavy, too overcooked, and too bland.
Another of my companions had the same dish - he liked it a lot more than I did, so maybe I'm just a food snob :)
Guest #2 had a roasted chicken dish with rice and beans - he liked it fine, but no rave reviews.
Drinks, round 2 - I needed an energy boost and had a Rockstar/Ketel One (weak weak weak).
My guests ordered the same as round 1.
We skipped dessert and headed to El Carmen for margaritas instead - best decision I made all evening. I won't be returning to The Kitchen for more high calorie low taste fare. Shoulda listened to the 'Hounds!
All hail the Foodies,