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Aug 6, 2009 03:06 PM

Westside Tavern!!! OMG!!

Seriously?? It's in a MALL. I mean I just can't wrap my head around the fact that a place this good can be in a MALL for chrissake!

Run, don't walk, to Westside tavern. Had dinner there with some friends last week and I can't stop thinking about it. It was absolutely amazing.

Make reservations, becuase it's packed. For good reason.

Started with some cocktails at the bar - excellent and not too sweet, can't remember what we had... one of them was a blackberry julep, which was great.

What we ordered:
Corn and cherry tomatoes with pesto - so good and so fresh - the pesto was divine
Artichokes with parm - amazing. the flavor was so fresh and delicious, it just melted in your mouth
I had the portobello sandwich, hubby ordered the BLT, and our friends had the lamb au jus and the ravioli.

Everything was mindboggeling good.

The portobello on my sandwich was juicy, tender, and full of flavor - i think a hint of balsamic marinade.

The lamb sandwich was definitely the star - it was tender, exploding with juicy meaty flavor

Ravioli was also excellent - very light

Had a bite of my hubby's BLT and while it was good, I think it was probably the weakest of the entrees.

But you have to make sure to leave room for dessert. Because it is spectacular. Like a mini food orgasm in your mouth. I"m sorry, but it's just that good.

I'm talking about the chocolate toffee cake with caramel sauce. It's sex on a plate. A little chewy, moist, kinda sticky in a wonderfully chocolaty way, on top of some sinfully good caramel sauce that complements the cake and brings out a depth to the chocolate that is undescribable. Also totally big enough to share for 4 people.

I was planning my return visit halfway though the meal. Can't wait to go back. Best part are the prices - all of our entrees were under $18, and the sides and dessert was about $6-$8

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  1. Nice review, and do they take reservations? Their website indicates they don't.

    1. Knew it - I loved his cooking at Whist. Can't wait to go now and have rec'd it to DH for business lunches, I assume they're open for lunch as well.

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      1. re: Phurstluv

        OK, before I get tagged, I read they are dinner only.

        1. re: Phurstluv

          They had been planning on starting up lunch service in July. So maybe they aren't "dinner only" anymore?

          1. re: Servorg

            Guess I should try & call them, latest LA Mag still says dinner only, but they can be notoriously wrong.

            And, btw, thanks for the input and not the usual response!!!

            1. re: Phurstluv

              Their website now says they are serving lunch every day from 11 AM to 4 PM and then they slip seamlessly into dinner service starting at 4 PM until they close at 10 PM Sun. thru Wed. and 11 PM Thur. thru Sat.


              If everyone starts looking over their shoulder for the dreaded "Let Me Google That for You" then it can probably be retired from service. ;-D>

              1. re: Servorg

                OOhh, happy day!! That means I can go for lunch with the hubby or gfs when the boys are back in school!! Yeah!!

                I agree, but it is pretty funny, while it lasts!! ;)

      2. They do not take reservations. But they seem to turn over quickly, I've never waited longer than 20 minutes and it has been packed all three times I've been.

        I agree, it is a terrific place. The flatbread as an appetizer is also terrific, just FYI. I love their roast chicken. I've never had anyone I've been with be anything but satisfied. There is a reason it is constantly packed.

        Oh, and agreed on the drinks!

        1. Did you smell a fishy/seafood-y smell in the restaurant? I checked the place out a couple months ago, but after walking in a few feet to the restaurant, I smelled a fishy/seafood smell and immediately left. I absolutely HATE fish and seafood and the smell revolts me. Was it a one time fluke, or should I keep avoiding this place?

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            1. re: New Trial

              lol...Did you post that just for the halibut? And we have noticed NO fishy smell (or any other sort of unpleasant odor) inside the Westside Tavern while having dinner there. Nor have I seen any such report on Yelp where the Yelper's seem to take great delight in excoriating restaurants for everything and anything (so I figure if there was a problem with a fishy odor it would get plenty of "airtime" -so to speak - over there).

              1. re: Servorg

                I don't mean to carp, I enjoyed my one meal at Westside Tavern quite a bit. The size of the crowds are obviously fueled mainly by the multiplex an escalator ride away though. And on my visit the wait was 40 minutes for a table. Not complaining about that, as it was prime Saturday night movie hour, just warning folks to plan accordingly. Considering the location, it's an amazing option for before or after a movie there, or any activity nearby. As long as you don't mind parking in the mall -- which took us another 20 minutes that night.

                If only the restaurant in the Arclight could do half as good.

                N.B. Yes, the lamb french dip was the best thing we had. And no, it didn't smell like carp.

          1. Had some very nice items there the other night. Not to be missed is the ricotta fritter dessert... involves green cardamom, wildflower honey and some fruity thing on the side. Had a really tasty seared tuna nicoise salad also. Nice staff, too. One thing to keep in mind... don't park in the valet area under the main mall part that has Nordstrom and Macy's, because that closes at 9. Or at least make arrangements with the parking folks there to pay first, and keep your keys, so you can exit.