After reading the great reviews of Bistro Verdu, my BF and I decided to grab a bottle of Syrah and head up the 2 from Silver Lake.
I had the artichoke starter (braised in preseved lemon something?). I have never had artichoke "western" style so I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. Since I wasn't too hungry, I had the savory tart for my main (it's listed as a small plate) which is goat cheese, olives and prosciutto on a pastry puff. The pastry puff was really good, very airy and not greasy at all. I think the tart was a little too savory because the olives had a really almost overwhelming salty flavor that nearly drowned out the not quite as salty goat cheese and prosciutto. But I just scraped the olives off and the bed of field greens that the tart came with really helped to cut the salt in the prosciutto and goat cheese.
My BF had the tomato soup to start, which was too tomato-y sour for me but he really enjoyed it. His roasted fish (cod?) was so succulent and beautifully prepared that he only gave me one tiny bite.
But the best was yet to come. The portions here are very nicely sized so that even with a starter and a main, we still had room for dessert. He had the apple tart, which he really liked. the highlight of my meal, though, was the puff pastry with fig compote. It was great. I think the bill came to about $50 excluding tip.
Anyway, this is all to alert you Valentine's day dinner seekers that they are having a 5 course prix fixe menu for $35 per person! It's so cheap I wouldn't believe you would get good food for that price if I hadn't just had dinner there. Anyway, the Valentine's menu looks great and I would highly recommend anyone to make a reservation (esp. if you can't afford to go to Spago for $200 per).