Anyone been to Foxtail in West Hollywood yet?
I want to know as well.
It is sad. There hasnt been much buzz on foxtail. it sucks. Foxtail is seen as a scene first, second and third. Fourth is its cocktails, and a distant fifth would be her cooking. I really doubt SBE can really allow her to showcase her food.
I wish she went to rustic canyon, blue velvet, or somewhere else that needed a chef but isnt known to be a scene.
I went last Friday. Beautiful restaurant, though the chairs were a bit low for me. Service was great. Enjoyed the signature cocktails and the wine list was above average, with picks primarily from California. I had the lamb which was cooked properly, but under-seasoned. Our table's favorites were the steak frites, which were melt-in-your-mouth truffley goodness, and the mussels which were some of the best I've had in town. The dancey dj mix may be offputting for some, but we had a great time.
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Here is my report:
Can cross this one off my To Dine list...finally got to try Foxtail and although it was good, it didn't really "wow" me, I regret to report. Maybe it was all of the hype surrounding this latest offering from SBE, combined with my high expectations, but not sure this is a restaurant I'll be rushing back to. What I did love was the décor...a little bit art deco, a little bit art nouveau...it was refreshing, actually, to see a place that wasn't all strong lines and monochromatic, neutral colors. Everything is so "contemporary" lately it's nice that Foxtail chose to go a different direction. Also, their chef, Antonia Lofaso, is a contestant on the current installment of Bravo's Top Chef and happened to be there in her chef's whites (she was actually cooking!) last night, which was exciting.
We started with a Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon, which was very good; exhibiting flavors of black cherry, strong tannins, and a bit of spice. This was probably my favorite component of the meal.
Food-wise, I ordered the Frisee Salad with chanterelles, bacon, and poached egg, which is Foxtail's take on my beloved Frisee aux Lardons. I always order this item if offered and this version was nothing short of forgettable. I barely remember tasting anything...the dressing was under-seasoned and the egg was over-poached. On the other hand, my dining companion ordered the Burrata Panzanella with Tuscan bread, cherry tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and olives. I've never had a dish with Burrata that I didn't like...and this one was no exception. The burrata was fresh and buttery and the flavor of the roasted peppers and tomatoes complimented it well. It was good.
Our mains (which arrived only after our server asked us if we wanted to see a dessert menu), were as follows: I ordered the Seared Big Eye Tuna "Nicoise" with Haricot Verts, Artichokes, and roasted peppers. My DC ordered the special of the evening which was a risotto with crab and squash blossoms. Both decent...better than both of the appetizers we sampled, for sure. The tuna was well-seasoned and nicely seared, and the risotto was flavorful, with a hint of sweetness.
To finish we ordered the Chocolate Bread Pudding, which was a decent version served with a tiny pitcher of Creme Anglaise on the side to pour at your discretion. The cubes of bread were arranged in a way that allowed for some of the pieces to maintain their crispness while others were soft from soaking up the sauce. It was a little bit on the sweet side for me...I usually prefer a more bittersweet, intense chocolate flavor to dominate, but overall not bad.
I can't put my finger on exactly why I wasn't crazy about any of the aforementioned dishes...the ingredients were seemingly fresh and plated nicely, the flavor was (mostly) there, but nothing really stood out enough to be excited about.
I do have to mention that we had a lovely waitress though. She was very, very sweet and accommodating, although maybe a little a "green" when it comes to waitressing, which I can't hold against her. Not a hint of attitude and actually made us feel like she was happy to see us, which is rare enough these days to warrant a mention here. Also, the restaurant wasn't packed by any means. There were a few other tables, but it was surprisingly quiet inside. Granted, it was a Tuesday, but usually with SBE venues this doesn't make any difference. Wonder why they are so tough with their reservation policy?
Like I said earlier, I don't think I'll be returning to Foxtail any time soon, but I'm certainly glad that I had the opportunity to try it.
Racheln, I'm not sure if it would be a good after-work type of spot. The bar isn't really conducive to people sitting just to have some drinks (it's kind of small...only a few seats)...it was more of a "walk up and order" kind of bar. It seems to be more of a late-night spot, but you can always try it and see. I have a feeling they'd still be a little tough at the door regardless of how dead it is inside at that early hour.
Some other suggestions if you work in the area: Murano on Melrose, just east of Doheny, has a happy hour thing going on, and Melrose Bar & Grill has a nice, laid-back (and big!) bar area that could be fun and easy after work. Both in walking distance from Foxtail. Hope that helps!