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Dolce Group Restaurants?

mstinawu Mar 11, 2008 09:43 PM

I recently got a Cozmo Deck as a birthday gift and I noticed a lot of the gift cards in there are for restaurants in the Dolce Group.

Dolce
Geisha House
Les Deux
The Boardroom
Bella Cucina Italia
Ketchup
The Pin Alley
Rare 120

I've never been to any of these restaurants, but I believe most of them are in the LA area. Anyone been? Favorites? In general, they don't seem to have very high reviews, but maybe you have a favorite dish or a dish to avoid! Let me know! I want to make use of some of my gift cards. =) Thanks.

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    maudies5 RE: mstinawu Mar 11, 2008 10:06 PM

    I had lunch at Ketchup recently. Excellent burger. Unfortunately, the burger is only served at lunch. There is a $40.00 Kobe burger served at dinner. Can't imagine how much better it could be than the $14.00 lunchtime burger. Lunch is very quiet at Ketchup.

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      mstinawu RE: maudies5 Mar 11, 2008 10:30 PM

      Apparently, almost 3x as good judging by the price. =P

    2. Emme RE: mstinawu Mar 11, 2008 11:05 PM

      At Dolce, I like the Branzino, but I don't know if it's on the new menu....

      Avoid the gnocchi at Bella, but the ricotta gnocchi at Les Deux was "less pasty and more fluffy" according to the boy... The chicken with a mustard sauce was okay at Bella, but I wouldn't go out of my way to go to Bella.

      I just went to a birthday thing at Ten Pin... it was better food than a usual bowling alley, but the things that we ordered multiples of were the pralines, the pork sliders (I don't eat pork, so not my two cents here), the spinach dip, potato chips and cheese straws.

      I never go to Geisha for the food, but it's scene with decent, albeit overpriced and underportioned (typical) sushi... However, I do like that they offer soy paper, and on someone else's dime, I've enjoyed the hand rolls (I order without rice or avocado) the one w/ shrimp, scallop, and crab, and I appreciate their willingness to do rolls w/o rice. Also, the baby eggplant app is pretty good, and if you like specialty rolls, they've got a bazillion.

      1. e_ting RE: mstinawu Mar 12, 2008 01:59 AM

        all dolce restaurants are about the scene more than the food... so you may want to choose on the basis of where's fun -
        geisha house, les deux and ketchup are all easygoing, in a scene-y way

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          nick_r RE: mstinawu Mar 12, 2008 08:58 AM

          I've been to Dolce and Geisha House. The appeal of GH is mainly scene and atmosphere (you'll feel like you're on an episode of The Hills, and in fact you just might be), but Dolce actually has some really great food -- probably overpriced, but definitely quality.

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            slacker RE: mstinawu Mar 12, 2008 02:39 PM

            I think the food at Geisha House is decent enough, tiny portions though, so maybe eat before. haha. Their drinks are good.
            Dolce's food is alright too, but the place just feels so tired.
            Ketchup--I thought the best things were the fries and some of the ketchup. Also, they roll around a drinks cart and offer free tastes of some of their specialty drinks. That was good too. Nothing on the menu appealed to me; I got I think it was some sort of seafood chowder. It was so boring and mediocre, I got bored eating it and couldn't finish it.

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              sloanedone RE: mstinawu Mar 13, 2008 12:06 AM

              I think you should just count yourself lucky that there are 44 other cards in a deck.

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                christof RE: mstinawu Mar 13, 2008 12:10 AM

                Bella Cucina Italia near Pantages I thought had some pretty decent Italian food, although not superior or excellent it was pretty nice...most people there are rushing for Wicked so the staff was very helpful in getting us all out in time

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