LA Farm on Olympic?
- Ciao Bob Jan 19, 2010 08:09 AM
Any recent opinions from the y'all hounds?
A friend raved about it to me today and I haven't been since S Richter took over.
I actually enjoyed our meal there. We went just after December 25th so it was a rather quiet evening. The food was excellent and especially enjoyed the small plate menu.
I will say though that the service was seriously lacking. Once being seated, our server disappeared for 15 minutes. After the hostess noticed that we were still waiting, she came over to say "our server will be right with us." Same thing happened at the end of the night. The guy disappeared for 15 minutes after delivering us our check. Really shouldn't have been so bad given it was a real slow night.
I went (to the one near Olympic and Bundy in Santa Monica) in mid-November and really enjoyed it. I thought the small plates were solid all around (some of the dishes were cutesy but well-executed, like a mini Big Mac and tater tots) and I remember liking the risotto. Stefan was very friendly, talking to people at tables, and a bit of a ham (very much in keeping with his Top Chef persona).
Got back yesterday from food weekend that included Stefan's on Friday night for dinner. Saturday was Street for lunch and Fig for dinner. Sunday was Mozza for lunch and Lucs for dinner. Monday lunch was Ford's filling station for light lunch then home. Stefan's was the only disapointment. After arriving a little early hostess pointed us to couch in bar area where we waited 15 minutes for drinks. Stefan was behind the bar. Hostess forgot about us and 10 minutes after our actual reservation time I asked when we might get our table. She wouldn't transfer the bar bill and made us close it out before she'd seat us. Service was disjointed and manic. Food bland. If I would've paid the $150 for the tasting menu I would've been extremely upset. My suggestion is he get out from behind the bar and head back to the kitchen. On the way there he should also train the staff. Will not go back as there are so many other great places to eat in L.A. at that price point.