Anyone been to Life on Wilshire?
- Chowpatty Jun 27, 2007 06:14 PM
Walking down Wilshire today, we saw a new place just west of Fairfax called Life Restaurant/Bar/Patio Lounge. Anyone tried it? The menu didn't look too inspiring, but there's not very many good places in walking distance of my office...
Funny coincidence. We passed this place on the way to the El Rey last night and I was wondering about it. Hopefully it's good!
Are they open for lunch?
In any case, it doesn't look too promising. The menu seems quite lacking and it's a really bad space. I'd be surprised if it lasts more than a few months.
My boyfriend and I live just around the corner from this place, and when we couldn't figure out how to feed ourselves on Friday night, we decided to give it a try. We had low expectations because the outdoor patio is always empty, but when we walked in, we were pleasantly surprised to see a number of tables full.
We ordered a few appetizers from the happy hour menu (chicken mojito skewers, calamari, fries), an entree ("weeping tiger" steak), and a dessert (balsamic strawberries), along with our mojitos.
Everything was tasty, though the same chopped medley of peppers came on both the skewers and the steak, which seemed odd to us. The calamari was very lightly breaded, which was nice for "happy hour" food, and came with an Indian curry kind of sauce (we saw on the menu later that we should've also had a choice of aioli, which we might've liked more). The steak came pre-sliced, which was perfect for sharing, and had some pretty good mashed potatoes with it (making our fry order sort of unnecessary, but we were under the impression that the entree would be a la carte). The strawberries were a nice surprise and came topped with marscapone creme, but kind of drowning in balsamic. Good, but overdone. The drinks were nice and strong, though not the best mojitos we've ever had.
In the end we were satisfied with our food, drinks and service, and would good back for happy hour (mostly because we can walk and it's decent enough).
The biggest surprise was our bill at the end. I guess we were in happy hour mode and didn't really pay attention to how much we were ordering and what the prices were. (Don't you associate "happy hour" with "cheap"?) Anyway, four drinks (two that somehow didn't make it into the happy hour timeslot), three apps, one entree, and one dessert = $75 before tip. Next time we'll probably stick to well drinks and beer, and maybe skip the dessert!
This place is as bad as it seems. Unoriginal menu and cheezy "faux highbrow" decor with awful music. The happy hour is good for the people who live around there, but there is seriously nothing going on foodwise. I live in the hood, and i always have to walk up to third to get any sort of decent meal.
As I work right down the street, I'd been wondering about this place for a bit too. My SO and I went the other day, so I thought I'd give my two cents.
The interior is a bit odd, light sea foam colors nice for day but lounge style seating more suggesting of cocktails and evening. We were there for lunch and it was fairly empty. The menus we were handed were the paper to-go menus which was a bit odd to me, but, no big deal. I got a veggie burger, my SO got a grilled chicken wrap. All in all, it was actually very good. Not overly fancy, but the veggie burger came with some nice sauces, grilled onions, melted mozzerella, and it was sized well, pretty large. The fries were nothing to write home about, but they were crispy and slightly seasoned. The chicken wrap was similar in that it had the same sauces, basic onion, lettuce, tomato combo. But still, they don't skimp on the basics (I can't stand when you get a single measly slice of soft tomato on a sandwich... happens to me too much at places that should know better) and though nothing phenomenally new or exciting, what they did was good, solid.
All in all, this is no place that I would ever go out of my way for. However, given the surrounding food, and assuming you don't want to get in your car and the 6 blocks to 3rd street is a bit too much of a hike (like during a work lunch 30 minutes... didn't it used to be an hour?), this is a solid option for a perfectly satisfying lunch. I'm sure I'll go back.