It's my birthday: Anisette or Mozza?
Made reservations at both for next week. I haven't even seen the menu at Anisette, but it's definitely my kind of food. Anyone been to both?
If they could send over the marrow bones from the pizzeria to the osteria at Mozza I would probably end this discussion right now.
I love both and they are both wonderful in entirely different ways. If Anisette is your kind of food, you'd probably also love Comme Ca, which has marrow bones on their appetizer menu.
Wow, what a great dilemma to have. I just ate at Anisette last night and I must say it did live up to the hype. Gorgeous, gorgeous space and the food was amazing. It's a true brasserie, more so than Comme Ca. The marrow was excellent. However, Mozza is probably the best restaurant in LA right now. My meals at Mozza have been consistently great so I can't complain. If it was my birthday, I would pick Anisette simply because I love the aesthetics of the restaurant more and I prefer French over Italian.
So glad you asked! :) We rarely go to CI with more than 3 people, so this was really an opportunity to indulge in old favorites while trying some new dishes.
- 1 loaf sesame scallion bread (thick)
- 1 loaf sesame scallion bread (thin)
- Cold jellyfish appetizer (shredded in a sweet vinegary marinade)
- Cucumber salad (julienned cucumber mixed with a dan dan mien sauce)
- Beef with string beans
- Eggplant in spicy sauce
- Lamb with leeks
- Lamb warm pot (big cast iron pot filled with lamb soup, mung bean glass noodles, tofu, and chunks of incredibly tender fall-off-the-bone lamb)
- Chicken with asparagus
- Lamb dough slice noodle chow mein
All dishes were fantastic... but we've been here many times and know how to order. Thanks to posters here who guided us to delicious new dishes (chicken with asparagus, eggplant in spicy sauce, cucumber salad.) This was also the first time we ordered the thin sesame scallion bread, and while it was quite good, I think we all preferred the thick version. It's so much better for soaking up the flavorful sauces and stocks.
In addition, I secretly had some friends pick up a birthday cake for my wife from Van's Bakery... $22 for a lovely 8" green young coconut cake with both silk and icing flowers, which the waitstaff gladly brought out for us with lit candles, extra plates and plastic forks (no extra charge!) In addition, I managed to secretly distribute to our friends a cribnote with English transliterated Chinese for "Happy birthday to you" (my wife is from Taiwan). Imagine her shock in hearing all of our non-Chinese friends sing to the tune of happy birthday "Joo ni san ji kwai le!!"
re: Mr Taster
The one time I went, there were two of us, and we had the thick bread, the lamb with leeks, and plain dough slice noodles. We were stuffed, happy, and amazed at the great price. I wanted the eggplant, but the waiter looked at me like I was insane, so I decided he knew more about protion sizes than I and I should heed his opinion (silent though it was).
Next time, I'm bringing a crowd.
I gotta try the jellyfish and chicken with asparagus
I agree with hrhboo: I love both restaurants. Wonderful food at both places.
Ultimately you have to ask yourself, do you crave Italian or French food for your birthday? (^_~)