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Anyone Been to Cube?

Newkie Oct 17, 2006 11:07 PM

Going to Cube on La Brea tomorrow night and wanted to see if anyone has any suggestions.

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    cyberroo Oct 17, 2006 11:12 PM

    I've been a couple of times in the past 2 weeks. We've really enjoyed the charcuterie and cheeses - pricey, but tasty. I love that you get a little taste of the cheese of the day when you're seated, and that they're very clear on what's what (unlike BLD where I'm never even sure that we actually got what we ordered). The 5 year gouda is the most amazing cheese I've ever eaten.

    The other dishes are ok. I had pizza on friday that I didn't care for, and I found the roasted garlic pesto to be overwhelming, but that was just poor ordering on my part, and they were happy to bring me regular pesto to enjoy with my gnocchi. Be sure to check the specials - the braised lamb shank is tasty, and I can't remember the 4th dish we've had. I'm ordering a panini next...

    It's a nice, casual addition to the neighborhood. Enjoy.

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      FED Oct 17, 2006 11:39 PM

      i've only eaten charcuterie and cheese, both are amazing. they probably have the best selection in the city. i don't know whether it's still on, but for a while they didn't have a liquor license, so you could bring in your own bottle of wine for no corkage.

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        FoodieMcFood Oct 18, 2006 12:09 AM

        Yeah definitely grab a wine bottle or three before you go. In fact, if you show up without one, the waiter will tell you where the closest liquor store is (true story!). One of the best selections of charcuterie and cheeses I've seen in the city, without the pretentiousness.

        Food is so-so. I've had the ravioli, lasagna and soup of the day before (potato leek). Basic bistro fare, nothing to fawn over, but it's good.

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          Dave and Stuff Oct 18, 2006 06:44 PM

          I went two nights ago. The staff is very nice...I told them to hold off on my order while I drove to Trader Joe's to buy a bottle of wine (I hadn't yet heard that there was no wine/beer), and they were happy to do so.

          We had a cheese board ($21) and the daily charcuterie plate ($19), and while it was good, it wasn't great, and with the portion sizes being what they were, I'm not in a huge rush to go back.

          That said, the no corkage thing is pretty nice, and the quality of food seemed good.

          But, no kidding, after my date and I spent about $55 on the charcuterie and dessert, we went out and ordered a pizza.

          1. trolley Oct 18, 2006 07:33 PM

            i went the first month they were opened. very nice staff. they had an unexpected rush but were very apologetic about it. no corkage was nice but we got the cheese plate and my friend and i were shocked at the tiny portions. each cheese was easily one bite worth. my pasta was decent but my companions lobster ravioli was extremely fishy. it's basically divine pasta served in a restaurant. i'd rather get the stuff and make it at home.

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              toolicious Nov 1, 2006 08:22 AM

              I went to Cube last night upon the recommendation of a friend. It was a Thursday and although it was busy our waitress was very interested in what we were ordereing. She gave great recommendations for cheese and meat, and then pushed us towards the specials, one of which was the cider braised pork and turned out to be a fork fight between close friends. The pumpkin ravioli is in season now (we've been waiting since last year)and served with brown butter, sage and quanciale (basically bacon but much tastier).
              I didn't find Cube to be too expensive. We brought our own wine and with the cheese, meat, pork and pasta, it ended up being less than $50 for the two of us. I'm not sure where else you can dine for that price but please let me know if it is possible!!

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