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Bar Pinxto very short review of DineLA dinner there tonight

westsidegal Feb 2, 2011 09:40 PM

starters:
Basque Clam Chowder which was simply the very best chowder i've ever had.
and
Salmon Croquetas which were very good

entree:
Seafood Paella was OK

dessert:
Chocolate Pot of Cream was OK.

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  1. J.L. RE: westsidegal Feb 2, 2011 10:49 PM

    Must go back and try their chowder...

    1. LATrapp RE: westsidegal Feb 3, 2011 01:04 AM

      I'm curious if you walked in or had a reservation? I like Bar Pinxto, but when I'm in that area I'm usually dining without any real plans and Bar pinxto seems to be so small and crowded that I have almost stopped considering it. Just curious on how crowded it was because I'm with J.L., I want to try that chowder!

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        westsidegal RE: LATrapp Feb 3, 2011 09:03 AM

        they don't take reservations for parties of less than 6.
        the tables are small bar-type (elevated) tables.
        the chowder's flavor was sublime, but you need to know that it is not brimming with seafood, it is the broth that is exceptional.

      2. fgrade RE: westsidegal Feb 16, 2011 09:07 PM

        I had nothing but good things to say about this place...up until about two weeks ago, we walked in, sat at the bar as usual and proceeded to get totaly ignored..the worst part is that thatevening was the slowest we've seen that place, the couple sitting next to us seemed to be in the same situation as us. Needless to say, we walked out and and ended up at waterloo and city, great wild mushroom pizza drizzled with truffle oil..they also have a nice small selection of micro brews

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          bopdd RE: westsidegal Feb 18, 2011 08:35 AM

          Chocolate Pot of Cream was just OK? Wow. That's low praise for one of the best desserts I've had in LA. Personally, I find it hits the spot in all the right ways: perfect temperature, dense flavor that lingers on the palate, and topped with fresh homemade whipped cream. That and the olives are two of the many reasons my girlfriend and I hit this place up on a monthly basis. They used to offer one of the best calamari dishes I've ever had as well--sauteed with a citrusy blend of garlic and oil that's finger-licking tasty. They've since switched to fried calamari with a squid ink aioli. Still good, but nothing beats that sauce. The mushroom tapas they serve ($1 a pop during happy hour) are strangely addictive, as are the patatas bravas. Of course, not everything here is a home run, but overall this place is a real treat.

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            whatsfordinner RE: bopdd Feb 18, 2011 11:39 AM

            I can't get enough of their gambos al ajillo!

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              westsidegal RE: bopdd Feb 18, 2011 12:36 PM

              re: the pot of cream
              both my dining partner and i ordered it.
              neither one of us cared enough to finish it off.
              irrc, it was very rich, but not very chocolaty.

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