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Jan 28, 2007 05:38 PM

any thoughts on Blue Velvet in downtown?

Girlfriends are going out for Saturday night festivities in mid-February. Blue Velvet was recommended. I used to live in LA so we're going out to celebrate me being in town. Thus, most of my girlfriends live in LA and want to see what's recommended out in LA (primarily The Valley, Santa Monica, Pasadena, Hollywood and downtown (if need be) areas.
We're mostly in our mid to late 30's and we desire great food and unpretentious service, fun atmosphere for after dinner (most of the women are single) and we're not into (too) superficial crowds. Looking to spend (from $ to $$$$$) $$$-$$$$.
Open to most cuisines, but not into mideastern or mediterranean.
Any thoughts? Other recommendations??
Thank you!

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  1. I went for lunch yesterday and it was suprisingly good given the mixed reviews. The food was very good and the service was fine as well. I had hangar steak with a VERY light sprinking of blue cheese and a small apple tart, and carmelized onion slivers accompanied it. The steak was tender (which can be difficult with that cut), and the sides were very complimentary - not to mention the portions were small -- which is perfect. My friend had chicken with lentils which were gently spiced, and divine. Unlike other reviews, there were wines by the glass availabe (though expensive, my pinot was $12) and bread/butter were brought to the table upon request.

    The restaurant, however, reminds me a bit of places in Hollywood that are far more bar than restaurant. I could see how the food and service could be forgotten at night in favor of serving the patrons sipping the high profit cocktails. I'd go again, and just might with a different friend.