Our visit to the new La Cachette bistro in SM
Thanks to CH, we read that La Cachette has re-opened in Santa Monica on Ocean, so we went on their "very second" night open. We used to really like "old" one on Little Santa Monica, but with all the street construction, no one wanted to venture out that way. So La Ccacahette packed up and moved to a more accessible location (an office building lobby -- not the same look or feel as the old one, sorry to say).
Our reservations were at 6 -- when they open. We were early and got to watch the staff get briefed. The main problems appeared to be with the computer system(!) Just like my office!! We had our pick of tables, since we were the only ones there, and even though it was MUCH cooler than the smoke-ridden SF valley (from which we hail), we still found the 'private room" which, while more charming, was also too warm.
The wait staff didn't know their menu fully yet -- but they seemed to know it a lot better than I'd expect. Our own waiter and the matre'd indidicated did not come from the "old" La Cacehette, but both were very friendly.
The music was good, but too loud. Later on, as the evening filled up a bit (and we were there for hours -- our choice), the music drowned out. It was eclecltic and fun music, by the way when it wasn't too loud. They also kept playing with the lighting -- up, down,up, down -- kind of a cataract experience.
All in all, we had a great time. We probably ate "too heavy" but it was so nice to NOT be in over-100 degree weather, so we ate foie gras (which I'd loved at the old spot and wa excellenthere too), steak tartar (seasoned beautifully), salads (no big deal), rack of lamb, a well-charred ooutside/red inside steak topped w/ melted blue cheese -- nothing a cardiologist would approve of, but it certainly tasted good.
The chef worked the room (except for us!) and I couldn't help but notice him dote on one table in particular -- personally handing out amuse bouches (that we didn't get), hand-serving their food and even pouring their gravy -- I hope it was his parents. But I'll be watching for someone to publish a "real" review soon.
I'd go again and I'll be curious to see how the rest of the menu fared. It did seem like a long menu to me, but I prefer less choice.
Looking forward to others' opinion!
Have not been, yet will be really soon.
Never found the charm you refer to, as the food was always underwhelming.
but with the new menu, new prices, and a still very competent chef in the kitchen, I have hope.
Probably would not order rack of lamb as it is a staple at my place - I probably do it better than he does!!!
Is there always music at the new location or was that because of the new opening? Annoying. The old place was one of the few without the contrived ambiance.