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Feb 10, 2007 09:11 PM

Lunch At BOA Santa Monica - Underwhelmed

A business colleague was in town this Friday, and booked lunch for us at BOA. While the ambience and service was fine, the food was marginal at best, especially considering the price. I started out with the gorgonzola baklava, which was somewhat interesting, but certainly not memorable. My cohorts both ordered the ahi tune tartare, which neither finished.

My entree was one of the daily specials, an anise rubbed seared ahi tuna, which sounded great. Despite the fact that it was rare, the meat was tough, and the rub had virtually no flavor whatsoever. I had to ask our server for salt & pepper to give it some flavor.

Meanwhile, my business partner is chowing down on a chicken sandwich that looks like it was cooked on a George Foreman grill, and surprisingly, it had more flavor than both my appetizer and entree combined. But one could get a similar dish at Applebee's, I would think, and was certainly not my idea of a creative dish that In would expect at a place like BOA.

In a nutshell, I can't imagine why this place is still in business. I am unable to entertain how anyone would want to return to this joint.

Is the location on Sunset any better?


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  1. BOA goes down as the most disappointing meal in 06 for me. Total waste of time and money. The highlight of the evening was drunkenly stealing a section of plastic chainlink fence from the parking lot and adorning my apartment with it. Not really saying much about the food, huh?

    1. I've not really been impressed at all by the offerings of the Boa/Roku restaurant group.