Rare by Drai's
Has anyone been? I heard it was a beautiful space but any word on food & service?
I didn't get much useful feedback so I figured better check it out for myself and I am sorry I did.
No management present to run the place which seems to be staffed by very attractive hostesses and bar servers.
Waiters who would never never be called professional and busboys who were hardworking but untrained.
Typical steakhouse fare. Ordered the porterhouse for 2, medium. It was close to raw, sent it back and it was slightly better. A nice cut of meat just not close to properly cooked. Very salty fries, green beans etc.
We had brought wine which they opened and never touched the bottle again. $50 corkage which I consider very high.
Overall a very disappointing and expensive evening.
With so many excellent steakhouses in the area, I would be surprised if it lasted a year.
re: Gypsy Jan
Doubt that - the original Drais - in the spot held now by Koi - he had a hugely successful restaurant, but (I heard from a good source), he had a hard time making money because of the "vig". He had some financing from questionable sources.
So he went to Vegas and opened a very popular restaurant club. It's not what it used to be (I went in the early days, and I went about a year ago - place was depressing).
But he should know how to get a restaurant together by now. He's done it before. That's disappointing. Hope he's reading this (unlikely).
Went last night.
First, I would disagree with TailbackU describing it as grandma's living room. Which sez a lot about his grandmother (who sounds like she might be fun).
The place is dark and sexy with a lot of red drapes and Tamara de Lempickas on the walls. Looks more like how you might imagine the dining room in a very upscale brothel in Las Vegas. (in fact it looks a lot like Victor's club in Las Vegas.) Elegant and dramatic.
Steak I had - 10 oz with the black peppercorn sauce was perfectly done, aged and quite good. If I had to judge the place from that one steak, I'd say this is easily in the top group of elite steak joints in L.A. Grilled asparagus was very good. Tricolor roasted carrots also good. Burrata and heirloom tomato, candied walnuts was as good as burrata gets, tomatoes about as good as you can find this time of year. Very satisfying. Bread pudding got demolished.
This place didn't get much love in these reviews - I think it's better than that.
Place was about 1/3 full, but didn't feel dead. Some showbiz types and a group of rock 'n rollers in the back area. I wouldn't have a problem going back.
Biggest complaint? The water tasted awful - like it came from a garden hose. Unacceptable.