DineLA Report: Grace
- burumun Jan 30, 2008 11:24 AM
One word: Excellent.
The dineLA experience at Grace does not disappoint. Made reservation for 3 at 7:15 but only 2 of us could make it. They gave us no fuss, seated us immediately. The hostess took my coat for me.
They served us complementary sparkling water. They had additional options available for extra $10 charge such as hamachi for appetizer and wild boar for the entree.
I ordered one Grace Gimlet, which was okay. It got better at the bottom of the glass, not too sure if it's because it wasn't well mixed or just because I was more intoxicated towards the bottom.
I got the spinach and arugula salad bcs I needed some greens. The salad was simple, yet very well done. Goat cheese was yummy.
The other person got the Shrimp Cavatelli, which was very yummy, but the portion was much smaller than the salad.
I didn't dig the peas too much but everything else in the dish was excellent.
I opted to pay $10 extra to get the wild boar with spaetzle and baby bok choy. The waiter informed us it was recommended medium rare which was just perfect for me anyway.
An amazing dish. Meat was very tender and flavorful, the sauce was excellent and so was the spaetzle. The fresh mint leaves just added a great "kick" to it.
The other person ordered the king salmon. The first bite prompted him to say "wow", which does not often happen.
The salmon was medium rare and was just cooked to perfection. Very tender, not dry. One of the best salmon we've ever had. The quinoa and the artichokes go perfectly well with the salmon - the artichokes especially for me. Too bad I was stuffed.
The desserts, of course, was doughnuts (no other choice).
Doughnuts were good, although I didn't think it was really that special. The hot chocolate that came with it was really yummy. Had a bit of spice to it which was excellent. Unfortunately though it came with too much cream and I just mixed it all in, which I regretted later on.
All in all, it was an excellent meal and well worth $34 (well, plus $10 for the boar). The entree portions were regular size, they definitely did not skimp just because of the prix-fixe deal.
Good choice on the salmon, as I have recommended in other threads as well :-)
I'm glad you got the WOW effect!
I concur. I attended on Sunday night, the first night of DineLA, and found the squash soup and the filet both quite delicious. The filet is perfectly cooked to order, is exquisitely tender, and perfectly complemented by the farro, onions and blood sausage. The cheese that tops this dish sends it into another realm. Nothing was off-mark, and I did not feel puny at all dining under the Dine LA menu. I will definitely return and recommend wholeheartedly.