very friendly staff, very tasty food
This establishment will not be in business long enough for me to write my review. Sadly, another LA minimalist style restaurant posing as a NYC want to be. You know the type: white walls, white table clothes, wood chairs and a candle followed by 8 bites of unimpressive food served by inexperienced and uninterested waiters for $100.
With a reservation, it took 25 minutes to flag down a waiter (not ours) to beg for a drink order to be taken. The service stayed true to this form all night long. The starter salad was 5 pieces of very tough romaine leaves with a lackluster green goddess dressing. My swordfish was completely raw in the middle. I sent it back and it came back 1/2 the size it was before, so I told them to keep it. No apologies given by the waitress who seemed to have no interest in selling us food or wine the entire night. Yes, the tables are crammed together, but the most annoying part is that the galley-like hallway that we were seated in has a floor that seemed to be made of ply wood-- every time a waiter walked across it, it felt like our table might fall through it! Unnerving and annoying, to say the least. Especially without cocktails.
Citysearch Editorial Review. In the former Hatfield’s space is where chef Mark Gold, protégée of Michael Cimarusti and Joachim Splichal, has opened his own cozy neighborhood bistro. The vintage Craftsman’s cream walls are framed with dark wood, ambient candles and lanterns; big art photos and white linens soften the intimate dining room that holds perhaps 24 diners, many of them local foodies. About that many can sit on the front porch as well, which overlooks the boulevard. The cooking is sophisticated and undisputably fresh (most dishes are under $24), but the portions, like the space, are small. The compact, contemporary Cal-Med menu changes seasonally, punctuated with starters like burrata ravioli with butter glaze and summer truffles while mains feature Hokkaido scallops with Spanish rice, chorizo, and brussel sprouts, and bigeye tuna lightly smoked with matsutake mushrooms and black fig.
Not bad but not great.
The food was very tasty for sure.
Staff is very friendly.
The portions were ALL small plates - we left hungry.
Prices were too high for the amount of food per serving.
Not every table is a good table - we got stuck out in the hallway.
A mixed crowd, but mostly older folks.
We paid $80 for two of us to each have 2 small plates and some sparkling water (no wine and beer license yet) - and yes, once we got home we made dinner....
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