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john gonzales Jul 10, 2009 12:24 PM

I posted this in the other thread but for some reason it didn't register as new or bump it up. So here goes again.

I'm thinking of going for my anniversary. Like his food and the items reviewed look tasty.
However, I'm not sure this is the occasion as it's more than just the food.

How are the room and tables over there? Wine stems?

I can't quite tell the portion size. Is it mini like Bazaar where a couple would have to order a dozen items? Or with a mix of things, would say, eight be enough for an extensive foodie dinner for two? TIA

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    krick Aug 9, 2009 09:00 PM

    I don't know why jaykayen got tumblers, we got wine stems. Not Spiegalaus or Riedels, but serviceable.

    As others have said, it's very casual room and the tables are either patio tables or inside tables - not what I would consider a special occasion setting. On the other hand, there are dozens of places in town with beautiful rooms with beautiful crystal, china and silver with boring middle of the road food. If you had to choose (and I'm not saying you do), which would you prefer?

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      havepixel Aug 10, 2009 09:54 AM

      We went on Saturday and our server told us there are only about 8 stems on sight. We got the tumblers and they were fine. Some people brought their own stems, and just about everyone had two or more bottles with them -- I even saw one table with two large beers. $5 corkage, BYOB only, casual setting, and eccentric, delicious food from a Top Chef Masters contestant . I wish there were more places like this.

       
    2. aprmayjun Aug 8, 2009 03:11 PM

      I'm going to Ludo next Thurs but couldn't book dinner for anytime except 9pm. Anybody know when last seating is or if there's any possibility they'd run out of any dishes around 9?

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        ericat Aug 9, 2009 12:59 PM

        Only been twice, but I haven't seen them run out of food. I think we went on a Saturday a couple months ago around 9pm and we were close to the last tables remaining at the end of the night. I actually prefer the later seating, as the restaurant becomes more relaxed, the food pacing is a little better, plus we got a chance to chat with Ludo for quite awhile. Gave us a chance to linger with our wine and enjoy. When we went a couple weeks later for an earlier seating, everything was just a little more rushed as it is a small place and the multiple small plates concept lends itself to a more hectic service.

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          jaykayen Aug 9, 2009 08:08 PM

          Last seating is at 10. No restaurant wants to run out of food. But usually only 2-3 dishes are 86'd a night, at the most.

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          Obessed Jul 11, 2009 05:17 PM

          Went last night -- we had 4 items and they were all awesome and we were stuffed...that could also be because I ate like 5 pieces of bread with the lavendar/honey butter! YUM!!!!I know the menu changes but we had oysters wrapped in lettuce with some crunchy threads, diver scallop with red port sauce, foie gras terrine croque monsieur (this was my fav), and the grilled hanger steak. Brought a bottle of wine (corkage is $5). It was a really chill atmosphere and very comfortable...like you could hang just out all night and just keep ordering things as you got hungry.

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            Nicole Jul 10, 2009 06:22 PM

            Given that it is BYOB, is there a corkage fee? How much is corkage?

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              J.L. Jul 10, 2009 06:33 PM

              I believe it was $5/bottle.

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                Nicole Jul 10, 2009 06:37 PM

                Thanks for the info!

            2. J.L. Jul 10, 2009 05:41 PM

              Mrs. J.L. & I ordered 9 items and 2 desserts - we didn't finish 4 of the items (no space!) - we were stuffed to the gills. The food is very good.

              Atmosphere: Very casual place. You can bring the stems AND the alcohol (actually, you MUST bring the alcohol). Chef Lefebvre is great - tell him it's a special occasion, and MAYBE he'll concoct something for you guys.

              1. peppermonkey Jul 10, 2009 01:58 PM

                3-4 per person, depends on what you get though... some items are larger than others. the staff is more than willing to help you out

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                  la tache burger Jul 10, 2009 01:50 PM

                  I think my wife and I had 7 things, maybe 8 but I think 7, and we were bursting, way more than enough, just ordered that way to taste many things. Very casual set up but that's part of the charm. We went for 10 year anniversary, it was perfect, the lack of formality made it chill and really fun. And we still stayed for several hours, lingered, drank 2 bottles, made friends with other diners, chatted extensively with chef and his wife -- if that sounds fun -- and for my money it's the best meal I've had in a long time in LA -- then go!

                  1. hppzz Jul 10, 2009 01:44 PM

                    same questions here...photos on his site suggests portions are tiny...

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                      jaykayen Jul 10, 2009 12:57 PM

                      No wine stems. You get tumblers! It's BYOB.

                      8 dishes would be more, more than enough for a couple, IMO.

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