(Various locations) 100 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Here we go, the first review out my trip to America, Land of the Free. While I admit I could have written this the day right after I went to this one, but sadly, the food at this one was enough to depress me for the rest of my trip. No, seriously, that’s the way it is.
So the first time I try to get into this place I realize for the first time that I am entering a new world altogether. Never mind the people driving on the wrong side of the street, or the countless beggars on the sidewalks. No, I’m talking about the sheer effort Americans put into edifices just like the one I stared at, thronging with well-dressed families and oozing with a classy but cliched atmosphere.
We couldn’t get a table the first night. So we went through the proper channels and landed ourselves a table the very next night. The service is very proper and personal, but the atmosphere is all wrong. It’s too noisy, and the uniforms look like they’ve been ripped from an old 60′s movie. To me, the whole setup just ruins my expectations.
In hope of consolation I look at the menu and start out with the salad – the so-called “spinning salad” with Lawry’s “homemade” dressing. As it turns out, the fare is actually decent – until you get to the main course, in which my standard fare, the size that is most commonly ordered, arrives on your table looking like a steak on steroids, accompanied by ugly, rich and tasteless vegetable sides. All served in a way that reminds me of cafeteria food, food that should be eaten and then promptly forgotten about. This was not what I expected from a supposed “four-star” restaurant.
Leaving behind on my plate the remains of a workman’s dinner, my view towards any “innovative” or “traditional” American cuisine changed in a matter of moments to “expectantly good” to “downright horrible”. And that opinion would not change until Vegas, but as I was about to find out, that experience didn’t qualify either.
- First Impressions: 9/10
- Atmosphere: 7/10
- Mains: 6/10
- Last Impressions: 6/10
OVERALL SCORE: 28/40 Read the rest of this entry »