I went last nite.
We thought it was (mostly) great and we ordered about 1/3 of the 21 item menu.
Enjoyed the full bar.
My major criticism is a little hard to word properly. I felt that, for the prices -- highish -- the dishes were smallish. On the other hand, they are doing a tapas-type thing with some very rich, savory dishes, so I didn't want (most of) the dishes any to be any bigger.
Favorites- Spaghetti with Clams and Uni, Grouper in a Pho-like broth, Fried Chicken Sandwich, Shrimp Toast (a few bites of greasy, crunchy, briny goodness), Smoked Mahi Spread
So-So - dinky lobsta roll (not BAD, just not my idea of a LR).
Alot of the food reminded me of what New Orleans does so well - but we never see here - a combo of grease, seafood, and creamy/mayo-y/buttery stuff.
I'll go back when the onslaught dies down.
re: Ciao Bob
re: Ciao Bob
I went last night and agree with your assessment. Right now, I think the two main points are: it's really busy, and the food is really tasty. It was packed, could not get a reservation after being number 1 on the waiting list for several days (no one cancels!), so sat at the bar. Had shrimp toast (really flavorful with the hoisin sauce), the 2.5 inch lobster rolls (small but good), the mussels, the salmon crudo and the skate. It was all good. I'm not so sure about the mason jar water glasses, but that's a small point. Wine by the glass is high. Had some good rose for $12 per glass (decent pour). The only thing that disappointed was the dessert which was sort of a deconstructed flourless (?) chocolate cake. Again, it was deliciously chocolate-y, but it looked like the leftover portion of someone else's hastily eaten cake with a scoop of vanilla added.
Other than that, a great evening. The place (being packed) is noisy if that matters one way or the other.
This is sort of a small plates alternative to Hungry Cat. It's been a while since I've been, but my memory is that HC is probably a better deal though maybe not as super flavorful. I think the lobster roll at HC is better, but it costs 3 times as much.
The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
re: mc michael
Thanks for the well written and thoughtful review. This is still on my must do list. I just need to pace my bank account and eating plan so that one doesn't run out totally before the other one... ;-D> What did the meal run and did you leave feeling "full" or did you need to run through In 'n Out on the way home?
If memory serves me correctly, this meal with 3 glasses of wine (this is a spot where you might want to consider paying corkage based on wine prices), was $118 plus tip. It was enough for 2 moderately hungry folks. There's no validation for the valet ($5). Curiously, they charge $.04 per person for a large bottle of tap water. I assume this is for tracking purposes, not revenue. As seems to be the habit these days, there's no bread service, but of course shrimp toast and lobster roll have bread in their makings. If I did it over, I'd probably order one more dish which would probably add another $15-16 dollars plus tip. Another plan would be to have reservations at some other nearby spot for the real meal and just drop in here first, hit the bar for a glass of something and a couple of shrimp toasts or some crudo; then move on to the main meal elsewhere.