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The Hungry Cat?

Trudger Apr 18, 2008 01:09 PM

Reviews of the food and atmosphere at the Hungry Cat, notwithstanding the frightening architecture surrounding it, would be appreciated.

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    walessja Apr 18, 2008 02:48 PM

    I highly recommend the place. They rebuilt it recently and it's very nice inside, even if you eat outside, with the buildings around, you don't really notice because you are surrounded by plants.
    Anyway, the food is excellent, the fish is fresh and there are some interesting plates on the menu (actually, everything is worth to try). Also the wine list is noticeable, small but with many different wines you won't find anywhere else, greatly priced.
    The staff is very kind.

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      nick_r Apr 18, 2008 02:56 PM

      We're planning to go there tonight post-Arclight (around 10-ish). Will we not be able to get near the place? Or do we have a shot?

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        love2eat Apr 18, 2008 03:00 PM

        You have a shot. They recently expanded and have two bars now if you can't get a table. Service is better at the bars anyway. Was there last night and had the snapper in a green curry sauce. It was out of this world good!!! Highly recommended along with the blood orange negroni.

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          nick_r Apr 18, 2008 03:05 PM

          Perfect; we were planning on sitting at the bar anyway. Can't wait to try the drinks.

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            love2eat Apr 19, 2008 01:30 PM

            How was last night?

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              nick_r Apr 21, 2008 08:54 AM

              We really enjoyed it. Drinks were outstanding! Delicious and strong. As for food, we're both vegetarian so we knew going in that there wouldn't be a lot we could eat, but we were pleasantly surprised by the salad and cheese plate we ordered, both of which were definitely above average by any standard. Very friendly bartender too. And we probably stood around for about 10 minutes waiting for space at the bar to open up, but it wasn't too bad. It's a great spot and probably worth going to the Arclight more often to have an excuse to stop by.

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      Ernie Apr 18, 2008 03:30 PM

      Great mixed drinks and good creative seafood dishes. Not cheap but worth it. On my last visit enjoyed a wonderfully refreshing cocktail called "Luke's Lemonade" and very good scallops with pork cheeks. Portions are on the small side so definitely consider an app or salad if you are very hungry. The market lettuce salad is great

      1. BunnieBear Apr 19, 2008 05:19 PM

        We've been a few times--always good. The seafood entrees are impeccable bistro-level fare and the pug burger is great. I am sad that they took the lobster sandwich off the menu, though. Luke's Lemonade is fantastic--all of their fancy fixed drinks are above average. I would warn you about the seafood platters, however. We have had mixed levels of quality on the platters and while the sauces are divine, when you've had a bad clam, there isn't much you can do to salvage your taste buds. Overall a good place, however.

        1. misterstimulation Apr 21, 2008 11:10 AM

          I like this place and the menu changes every now and then.

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            hjwfoodie Apr 21, 2008 03:38 PM

            I've been to this place probably about a dozen times and its always been fantastic...but, the last time i was there it was painfully bad. The drinks were good as always, but the service was horrible and the food was a disappointment and the way that the manager handled the whole situation was disgraceful. One of the worst dining experiences I've ever had. Would I go back? One more shot - but not on a Sunday.

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              lexusalhambra Apr 21, 2008 08:38 PM

              I recently took a friend here for drinks before a movie. LOVED the drinks. The bartender was attentive and very helpful in helping us pick a vodka we would like (since they don't have the regular vodkas belvedere, grey goose, etc which i thought was interesting) I made a reservation for the crabfest. I am very excited. What should i expect? I made my reservations at 2:00pm. That was the earliest they had...

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                SauceSupreme Apr 21, 2008 10:24 PM

                I would argue that the reason that they don't have belvedere and grey goose is because they don't taste as good as monopolowa.

                Crab fest is quite fun.
                Here's my blog post from last year:
                http://taste-buzz.com/crab-fest-2007-...

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                BeckyLee Apr 22, 2008 08:49 AM

                Everyone is right on about the cocktails, they are always fantastic, and they have daily cocktail specials not on the menu. I've been several times for drinks and had their cheese plate and their peel and eat shrimp, both of which have always been wonderful. The time we went for dinner, I wasn't as impressed. My husband got the Pug Burger and absolutely loved it. I tried the brioche with lobster salad (a special) and it was good but not great. Service was slow (it was a Sunday, early evening).

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