(Should we collect all of our Valentine's Day dinner reviews in one thread? I'm sure other people want to weigh in on their meals from last night...)
Valentine's Day dinner for us was at Opus, followed by coffee at the Jack Cafe, which was just written up in a story in the LA Time yesterday on the slew of new high end coffeehouses that are all the rage in Koreatown. (http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-...)
Verdict: I wasn't "blown away" by the dinner at Opus, but we were both quite pleased with the experience. Despite one of my friends telling me that prix fixe menus are "assembly line food", the lineup on the chef's menu was too tempting and too much of a good deal to pass up:
Amuse Bouche - Crawfish and avocado served on Belgian endive
Lobster bisque and lobster ravioli
Caesar salad with goat cheese and herb aioli topped croutons
A duet of a beef medallion with white truffle on a bed of potatoes and king scallops atop baby asparagus served with a citrus ginger sauce
A shared dessert of fresh berries and cream and chocolate mousse
There was something a little off about the amuse bouche - too much sauce, perhaps? But I love hors d'oeuvres served on endive, and the crawfish was good. The bisque seemed lukewarm and the lobster meat previously frozen, but the soup was pretty tasty with a nice kick about halfway down the bowl. The raviolis were wrapped in a beautiful black and white dough. I had to pause halfway through the soup to pace myself better for the meal. The salad was good, but would have been better if the croutons were not quite so stale. The medallion was beautifully tender, the pureed truffle was just lovely, the asparagus and citrus sauce just right. Finally, the dessert was a perfect accompaniment to the rest of the meal - not too rich, not too sweet, just fresh and enjoyable and delicious. And the entire menu was only $48 per person! Much more reasonable than the $100+ meals so many other restaurants were offering. Like I said earlier, between the meal, the service, and the ambiance, we were quite pleased and would definitely go back for another occasion.
We were both pretty darn full from dinner, but still ventured over to Cafe Jack afterwards, since it was only three blocks away. I hadn't seen the photo in the LA Times, but it really is shaped like a boat! Moreover, it's one of the most whimsical places I've ever been to, with the Titanic movies stills ALL over the walls and a fake port town inside the patio! I really can't do it justice here - you'll just need to see for yourself. The drinks were unremarkable, especially given the prices, but the service was good. I had been worried about how my white-boy boyfriend and I would be received in a Koreatown cafe, but actually, our server was quite cordial and friendly.
Definitely a good night, all in all.