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How is this restaurant? What kind of food?

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  1. Plenty of comments in the search function above your posting. Just enter the requisite info and you will have many answers.
    However, here is a link to their website and menu that should help. No personal comments, just info.
    I have not been.

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    1. Are you asking about Simon, the Kerry Simon restaurant at the Sofitel Hotel or, about Simon's Cafe, the mediterranean restaurant on Sepulveda in Sherman Oaks. Both have been discussed in threads on this board.

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      1. re: Jwsel

        simons on sepulveda! is that not good? my sushi chef is the son...........

        1. re: Jwsel

          simon the kerry simon restaurant at the sofitel hotel

        2. Save your money! My husband and I went to Simon at the Sofitel Hotel and had the most average food with the worst service I have ever had! From it taking 25 minutes to get our wine - no they didn't forget- they had to "wait for the manager to go downstairs to get your wine and 3 other wines", to the $50 seafood platter not being cold(it probably was held for the wine to arrive) to the overcooked and dry chicken breast and mac and cheese that wasn't any better than Frozen Kraft. The bar does look fun.

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          1. re: psfoodgirl

            I went two weeks ago. My wife and I could not of been more unimpressed. The Firecracker Shrimp starter was quite good. The highly recommeded meatloaf sandwich was bland and my wifes pizza was average at best.

            When you pay $18 for a meatloaf sandwich you would expect something that tast better the a Ciabatta sandwich at Jack-in-the-Box.

            1. re: psfoodgirl

              We couldn't agree more. The food was simply awful. We, too, had the mac and cheese; it was maybe the worst I'd ever had; I, too, would choose packaged mac and cheese over the Simon version.

              I ordered the meatloaf, which they call: The "meatloaf." I asked the waitress about it and it was hawked as one of Simon's specialties. It was inedible. Absolutely awful.

              As I said in another post, six of us had dinner there and not one of us would return. The food ranged from average to awful; the service was mediocre.

              The place is pretentious, with a big, noisy bar crowd.

              You'd do much better at Pink's, which is about a mile or two away.

            2. I agree with the less than stellar reviews. I was there last week and was not terribly impressed. It's a lovely space, and had a good sized crowd (the review in the Times had come out that day). While I was standing at the hostess station, a woman asked to be given a "tour" of the patio. Without a nod to me or acknowledgement that I was there, she took off and was gone for a few minutes. (I could see them chatting) By the time she came back, several people were waiting. She seemed oblivious. Once seated, the service was fine. I started with the endive, watercress salad. It was the best thing of the evening. My friend had the crab, lobster appetizer. It was fresh tasting, but a bit odd. Part of it was hot; the other part cold. We couldn't decide if that was intentional.
              When I ordered the salmon, the waiter made a big point of letting me know that it would be medium rare. Which was fine with me. (But when it came, it was overcooked) My friend ordered the meatloaf, and found it somewhat dull. We did have the "junk food" sampler for dessert--just because it sounded interesting. I'm not a dessert person, so I can't say much about it. But it's a clever idea--nicely presented.
              I thought the wine list, while relatively small, was interesting and well priced. We started with a Bellini, and then had a Stolpman Syrah from the Central Coast.
              I'm not sure I'd go back, but might try lunch one day in the future. The bar looked interesting--though a little too much of a "scene" for me.

              1. how was the junk food sampler???

                1. Did you see Kerry Simon when you were there?

                  1. So, where do you suggest to go? If this restaurant is not worth it. I should of taken the advice of everyone when I went to West.

                    1. Yum, yum, yum, and yum...Simon L.A. is, simply put; a great restaurant. They do a very good job, in my opinion, for what could be described as a "trendy" or "scene-y" place (which in Los Angeles, usually doesn't give top priority to their food). I've been there about 6 times at this point and Kerry Simon has been present each time, taking great care to check the dishes before they leave the kitchen and periodically coming out to speak with all of the customers to ensure they were enjoying their experience. They also have a wonderful General Manager named Douglas who is eager to please, and will do everything in his power to make you feel special and well taken care of. Every dish I've sampled at Simon has been great (their desserts are phenomenal), and yes, the Junk Food Sampler is outrageously fun and delicious. Although it's not the greatest bargain you'll find in L.A., I don't mind paying my hard-earned money for delicious food, above par service, and great atmosphere. I love it. I truly hope that it continues to do well.

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                      1. re: foodieqt

                        You sound like their publicist...are you one? I really did want to like this place and I was very impressed with Simon on Iron Chef. Maybe I went on an off night.

                      2. Foodiegt, are you a publicist or just a foody who likes to know what is going on??

                        1. Hi there...not a publicist...I just really happened to enjoy Simon L.A. I consider myself quite well-versed, so to speak, when it comes to resturants (since I try new ones as often as possible) and before living in L.A., lived the other half of my life in N.Y. I am very particular about what I like and what I don't like in terms of food preparation and quality, and had several great experiences at Simon L.A. (and one at his Vegas restaurant) that I wanted to share with you. I read this board daily and sometimes agree with what I read and sometimes I don't, but in this particular case felt compelled to reply, which I really don't do all that often. Let me know what you think if you end up going, Loradio.

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                          1. re: foodieqt

                            Sorry been out of town several times and did not have time to reply. We went to Simon and arrived, I have a thing about sitting next to a busing station and our table was to be up front by the kitchen. We asked to not sit there and they said fine if we could wait a few minutes until another table came up. We agreed, we had two bottles of wine they gladly opened one for us and poured it in the bar. We were seated approximately 15 minutes later with a smile. We had a lovely waitress, the food was superb. Service excellent with no attitud. I would return but I think it is a young hep crowd that goes there. I would rate it at least a 8. But if someone wanted to eat there we would be there in a flash.