Trying to choose (Jar vs Hatfield's vs Opus)
Next month I am heading to La for a couple of nights, and I need help settling on a restaurant. One night is already booked at Osteria Mozza and I'm having trouble deciding what to do the other night. I've basically narrowed it down to Jar, Hatfield's, vs. Opus.
It's a Monday night, so I thought Jar might be fun with it's mozzarella menu but I have a few reservations - 1) pretty much every time was available on opentable.com and I HATE empty restaurants, 2) do they offer the regular menu as well on monday's? 3) Could that be way too much mozzarella since I'm sure we'll have a bunch at Mozza the next night?
Opus I'm also nervous about because it has gotten a bunch of mixed reviews (people either seem to hate it or love it) and since it also had every time available on opentable.com
Hatfield's sounds like it is a safe bet food wise, but my dinner companion is bringing her teenage daughter and while I've heard she's an eater I'm worried that this restuarant might bore her since I've heard it's not much of a scene and has pretty plain decor.
Thanks in advance!
Hatfield's for sure. Have had two so-so experience with Opus -- chef's menu a bit heavy and no palate relief, over-salt. Jar is good but it always seem off on Monday nights with the exception of mozzarella menu. Hatfield's is special in the sense that you feel taken care of and know that your meal was prepared with much thought and love. Ooh, just read part about the teenager...you can always sit at the bar at BLD before or after and have a drink and a beautiful cheese plate.
going to Hatfield's tonight so can report back on that, however JAR is a must in LA. Pot Roast is good but oxtail and pork shank are better, really solid wine list as well, which I know Hatfield's does not have.
If you are already going to Mozza, mozzarella at JAR should not even be a consideration
Opus has been struggling as of late, especially w/ the front of the house staff.
Jar has really reliable, great food that's not intimidating. It's a safe choice for sure.
Hatfield's would be my bet. Even though it's not "sceney" (truth be told, none of the three are - go Il Sole for that) I think you get the best food for the money. I find the menu to be very straightforward & there's always at least 1 or 2 pretty basic items. PLUS, the desserts TOTALLY rock!
I love all three for different reasons but my own preference among them is JAR. The teenager also tilts it strongly toward JAR as there is more going on there than at the other two (often a younger crowd than the other two) and, as others have noted, the menu will likely be more to her liking. The server at JAR can often be persuaded to allow you a choice from the mozzarella menu but, since you are going to Osteria Mozza, I would satisfy my craving there (Nancy Silverton of O.M. set up the mozzarella menu at JAR as well), particularly since there are so many wonderful appetizers on the regular menu to try.
i would personally choose hatfield's for the following reasons:
Jar: mozzerella only available at the bar and the bar will be packed by 5:05 or earlier. the rest of the restaurant will be empty and it is a decent sized restaurant. although the food there is stellar.
Opus: i like the food at Opus, but the reviews are mixed and again, it probably won't be busy on a MOnday. Too chancy, I say.
Hatfield's: Tiny restaurant, but gaining in popularity. Even on a Monday it shouldn't feel empty because it is so small. And iot is a fun part of Beverly to walk on. After or before dinner at Hatfield's, stroll east to Grace and have a cocktail in their lounge. Beautiful restaurant and they have great bartenders.
I have been to Jar and Opus and enjoyed both very much. I think it depends on what kind of food you want. While I've not had anything from Jar's mozzarella menu, I have had the pot roast, which is one of the best things I've ever eaten (ever. seriously.), and the ribeye (also fantastic). The sides are great too (try the purple yams). Jar's menu can be summarized as upscale comfort food.
My Opus tasting menu experience was also great, but a totally different feel from Jar. There are a lot of combinations of ingredients you don't see (or at least, I don't see) many other places. Depending on the teen's tastes, the menu might be a little bit intimidating for her.
I love Opus but haven't been to the other 2 places (been wanting to check out Jar). I think Opus has great food and service has always been superb every time I went there. Like bruinike said, it gets a bit empty sometimes, but personally, I really don't mind that since I know it's not a testament to how good their food is. Of course, it doesn't hurt that for how good I think their food is, the prices aren't too shabby either and their decor is cool. Definitely try their tasting menu.
I've been to all three and enjoy all three so it is a tough one. Happy to hear you are going to Osteria Mozza - LOVE it there.
Jar - they only offer the mozzarella menu at the bar (unlike Osteria Mozza where it's part of the normal menu) so you have the whole regular menu to choose from.
Opus - innovative cuisine but if you are worried about the place being empty, this may not be the choice for you. I've noticed it only tends to be busy on nights that there are shows at the Wiltern (music venue right next door)
Hatfields - very nice and pleasant atmosphere. It's a small restaurant. Tends to be an older crowd.
Of those 3 options, I would suggest JAR. Hope that helps