This was my first trip to Circa 55. My husband and I went there for the dineLA restaurant week. It was great.
My husband had the crab cake appetizer, which he said was very good, it was almost all crab meat, no filler. I had the salad, which was okay. It had tomatoes, spinach, onions, pears, marinated tofu, and some other lettuce in a light citrus dressing. I ate the spinach, lettuce, tofu, pears, and some of the onions, but there were just too many onions on it. not enough dressing.
For dinner, Husband had the halibut and said it was seasoned just right and cooked perfectly. It was on a bed of bok choy. I had the 10 oz steak which was marinated in a citrus marinade and it was really good. I did the happy dance in my seat when I first took a bite. It came with roquefort cheese/roasted pepper blob on top, but the cheese was much to strong for the steak, so i ate a bit of it with the mashed potatoes (it was almost too strong to eat with the potatoes). My meal also came with green beans, a carrot, and asparagus, which was cooked nicely.
For dessert Husband had the passion fruit creme brulee which was awesome, very light and melt-in-your-mouth, with a thin delicate crust. I had the journey into chocolate. It had a small glass of choco milk that had some almond flavor in it i think, then a small piece of layered chocolate cake that was super good, and then some chocolate mousse that was infused with thyme. While the thyme went well with the chocolate, it was just too strong for my palate and i couldn't finish it.
To drink, Husband had a Maker's Mark, neat. I had a glass of Chardonnay from south africa, called Calou or something like that, very good, sweet, buttery, smooth, with a small bite. I also had some 20-year tawny port with dessert, tasted like grape juice mixed with maple syrup, good but a bit too sweet even for me. i finished it though cuz i paid $15 for it.
Our waiter was named Will, a very good looking black man, he could be a model, nice steel rimmed glasses, we talked to him about the restaurant week, told him to go to Cobras & Matadors, and he was going to try to go to Boa for steak. All the staff was very nice. The decor was nice, sort of tasteful 60's mod, and good music too. I'm definitely coming back here again with my friends.