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Yamashiro and Brasserie Vert (long review)

Natalie | Feb 11, 200302:46 PM

Dinner out in Hollywood:

First stop was Yamashiro's for drinks. We haven't been there in years, and it was lovely. Wonderful views, nice service, good drinks and very comfortable chairs for lounging. We saw some of the food being served and put the restaurant on our list for a future dinner visit. We also had a celebrity sighting (if you can call it that)...Kato Kaelin.

Next stop was Brassiere Vert. We were late for our reservation but I had called to let them know and they were very gracious and said they would hold our table. When we arrived, they asked me quietly which guest was celebrating their 40th birthday. We were given a nice table, and everyone in our party loved the heavy metal menus (there had been some comments about them in previous posts.) On recommendation from this board (and by seeing them right when we walked in the room) we ordered the mussels. They were delicious! So many...it was plenty for 4 of us to share. We also had a Vert salad, which had a delicious dressing. The breadbasket was really great too..a nice assortment of focaccia, olive bread, flatbread, etc. along with a tasty dish of goatcheese with herbs, and olive oil. Nice touch.

For the main course, I had the shortribs. It was a nice sized portion of falling off the bone meat. I had asked the waitress if they were sweet or savory, since I'm not a big sweet food fan, and she told me they were savory and her favorite item on the menu. It came with a polenta which I could have used more of to eat with the meat, but it was plenty of food and exactly what I wanted. My husband had the lamb osso buco, which he said was delicious. (I don't like lamb so I didn't try it.) My friend had the short ribs, which she also enjoyed and her husband had the Sole Grenobloise which was really good. It was fresh and tender inside, with a great crunchy crust. I really enjoyed my bite.

We asked our waitress if there were items she didn't recommend, and she said the veal steak and the NY Prime steak. We appreciated the honest answer, instead of saying that everything was good! However, she did try to get a few things by us. For example, she asked if we wanted still or sparkling water. I said we wanted regular water, and she showed up with a bottle of Evian. We took it, but then got refills of regular water. When the bill arrived I checked it out, and she had charged us for 2 bottles of Evian. She had also charged us for the Prime NY steak instead of the lamb osso buco. When I pointed these items out to her, she tried to convince me that the mistake would work out in my favor since the Osso Buco was more expensive. I told her I'd rather have a correct bill. As it turned out, it was a $20 difference in our favor! The lamb was much less than the Prime. So check those bills.

We did get a tiramisu dessert, with candle. The plate said in chocolate "Happy 40th Birthday" which was nice. However they charged us for the dessert, and never asked what we'd like. Actually, we never saw a dessert menu at all. It was fine, since we were all so full, but all of us would rather have had something else besides the tiramisu.

The atmosphere was fine, although a bit cold...high ceilings, sort of minimalist chairs, that sort of thing. The bar was very cool looking, although we didn't have a drink there. The hostess was gracious and friendly. And when we forgot to get our parking validated, the lady in the booth just took a little part of my receipt and gave us the discount. All in all, we really enjoyed our evening. I would definitely go back to the restaurant for the mussels and drinks. A few appetizers to share, that great bread basket and a bottle of wine would be a nice meal at Vert.

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