Wilshire for dinner tonight?
I had two appetizers: the softshell crab and the steak tartare last night. Both were very good. The softshell crab was perfectly fried (which has been the failing of most the ones I've tried lately) and served on a bed of corn, frisee, and I think maybe some sort of pea puree. The tartare was a generous serving with a quail egg yolk on top and two slices of grilled sourdough on the side. Lots of tartares suffer from the overuse of capers to the point where it overwhelms the beef, but this one managed to strike a great balance. The table shared a number of sides: mac and cheese (good), grilled asparagus (i didn't get to try) and roasted mushrooms and ramps (fantastic). We also shared a number of desserts: the "coffee and donuts" -- warm housemade donuts with vanilla and coffee ice cream (wonderful), berry cobbler (excellent), warm pudding cake (didn't get to try but people seemed to like), three scoops of ice cream -- vanilla, pistachio and banana (heard the banana was amazing with the chocolate pudding cake), and a cheese plate (great selection, good accompaniments including marcona almonds, raisin bread, quince paste, sliced apples). Our server was very nice, although service was a little hot and cold with him sometimes sort of hovering and then suddenly disappearing for long stretches. All in all, a really nice evening with great company.
I was there on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the mussels in curried broth (app), arugula salad with prosciutto, and the leg of lamb. The lamb came with eggplant and cous cous and pickled tomato (I think). My boyfriend raved about his burrata and heirloom tomato salad and pork chop as well. All in all, it was one of the best meals we've had in Los Angeles.