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Aug 17, 2007 02:31 PM

Any reports on 15 in Echo Park?

Has anyone eaten at the new Italian spot on Echo Park Ave. yet? Apparently it's been open a week or two...

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  1. Just took a peek at the menu today - didn't realize it was open yet as it's only open Wed-Sat. I'm planning on going by this week. We definitely need it here in our little quadrant of EP. Anyone know who the chef is?

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    1. re: driddle007

      ive eaten there ,loved, it the chefs name is tom rivera,he owns salt catering last year he did the peoples choice awards and got a great review

    2. I dropped in last Thursday around 8. The small room is nicely decorated, with quite comfortable chairs. There's a bar with 2 TV's and a couple more across from the bar. The liquor license hasn't yet been given, but the server told me they expect it in a month or two. The room was about half-full, even though there was no air-conditioning. The co-owner, who was greeting everyone, told me that the air would be installed this weekend.

      I had the fish of the day -- herb-crusted Hawaiian opah. A generous meaty portion, grilled but rare inside. Nicely served on sauteed spinach on a plate decorated with baby vegetables and pencil-thin asparagus. Definitely the most upscale dinner I've ever had in Echo Park.

      Service was very attentive and warm. I'll be back.

      There are a few comments at http://silverlakeboulevard.blogspot.c....

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      1. re: LA_Eater

        Had dinner there on Friday night and was so pleasantly surprised. I had the flank steak on a bed of spinach and Ben had the short ribs with mixed grilled vegetables.

        The flank steak was done exactly as I ordered (rare to medium rare) and was cut more like a tenerloin -- a square cut with almost no fat on it. Grilled crisply on the outside it was butter soft and perfectly seasoned. What I thought was pieces of potato on my plate were actually pieces of grilled garlic. Ben's short ribs were not too sweet and had a chipolte infused glaze but had be sufficiently deglazed to let the meat taste come thru. They far surpassed the short ribs at Dusty's.

        Service was IMPECCABLE -- large forks and sharp knives appeared well before our meals, glasses of water stayed filled, I literally lifted a hand and a busboy appeared (I was actually just gesturing to Ben!)

        I think it is a great addition. A/C went in yesterday and the liquor license should appear eventually. Parking is going to be a bitch (nothing nearby but Walgreens) and I think they probably will need to sharpen the menu to have a better overall "flavor". But we'll go back and hopefully it won't get too trendy. Oh, the music was just okay -- a little too classic rock/lite for my tastes (not a big Nickelback fan, sorry.)

        1. re: bethshax

          A restauranteur should automatically have their license revoked if they play Nickelback.

          1. re: nimo

            If that was true, I think every Outback Steakhouse would be shut down.

          2. re: bethshax

            great! I'm going tomorrow night. Luckily, I can walk from home so no parking issue. My advice to diners would be to walk up EP Blvd. and park on Scott - usually tons of parking there and you can walk off some of the dinner.

            What's with TVs? Why did they do that? Maybe we can pursuade them to yank them if they get enough diners who hate that.

          1. Had dinner at 15 last week. First, let me say that having a good restaurant within walking distance is a major major plus.

            The decor is nice - a bit too bright. The televisions are weird. At least the two over the bar were playing the Food Network which made it kind of cute as opposed to if it'd been obnoxious sports programming.

            Waiter was lovely. The lack of wine was a drag- but, that's to be fixed within a month they think.

            I had the Echo Park chopped salad to start which was really delicious followed by the Hawaiian Opah which was very tasty. My friend had the short ribs and they were better than my dish I think.

            I will be going back. I wish they would pull the plug on the Nickelback type music. It, like the teevees is just not necessary.

            Oh - two of us shared the salad, had two entrees & iced teas/diet soda for around $52.

            1. I went last Thursday. The owner introduced himself and our server was great (reminded me of Bobby Bacala from the Sopranos). Not too fond of the decor, especially the tvs and this weird picture of some rocker with tattoos that was in our corner. I really enjoyed our food however. They start you off with very good hummus and bread. We were given complimentary pomegranate sodas (cuz we're locals? there's no liquor license yet? who knows?) We had the calamari to start--cornmeal breading and sweet chili sauce are not my favorite accompaniments to squid, but it was cooked perfectly and there were plenty of tentacles (my fav!). Then I had the Hawaiian opah with plantains and baby veg. The fish was cooked perfectly (still little raw in the very center) and was just great with the orange sauce on the plate. I also LOVED the mashed plantains. My boyfriend had the short ribs (which we ordered on the waiter's rec even though it's rather heavy for this HOT LA summer!) which were fantastic. The horseradish mashed potatoes had a great kick to them. Our total was $46 (and we ordered the most expensive thing on the menu: short ribs for $20) I think since I can walk to this place and it's pretty cheap, it will become a regular stop for us, but the food is really pretty damn good. I must say it's a great additional to the neighborhood.