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bigredd Dec 20, 2013 10:57 AM

Has anyone been? I heard it was a beautiful space but any word on food & service?

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    TailbackU RE: bigredd Dec 20, 2013 01:37 PM

    You heard it's a beautiful space? If you consider grandma's living room a beautiful space, then sure, i guess.

    http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/12/...

    1. TonyC RE: bigredd Dec 20, 2013 02:57 PM

      Jay Weston has been: http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/12/...

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        JeMange RE: TonyC Dec 20, 2013 07:39 PM

        Those excerpts are hilarious!

        Seems like this place caters to a very specific audience and that the audience in question isn't particularly interested in the quality of the food... or in tasteful decor, for that matter.

        The place looks like a Romanian brothel.

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        foodiemahoodie RE: bigredd Dec 20, 2013 07:16 PM

        I was there a few years ago. It's not about the food, but the scene. But the food is never bad in any of Drai's places.

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          TailbackU RE: foodiemahoodie Dec 21, 2013 10:05 AM

          I doubt you were there a few years ago given that they just opened.

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            foodiemahoodie RE: TailbackU Dec 23, 2013 01:37 PM

            You're right, I got this confused with his club. Never mind!

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          bigredd RE: bigredd Dec 23, 2013 12:24 PM

          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.

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            ns1 RE: bigredd Dec 23, 2013 01:48 PM

            thanks for taking one for the team.

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              bigredd RE: ns1 Dec 23, 2013 02:00 PM

              You are welcome, but it really is mind boggling how any business owner can spend so much money building a restaurant in a very expensive building and spend so little training his staff.

              Makes no sense

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                Gypsy Jan RE: bigredd Dec 23, 2013 02:45 PM

                Uhhmmm, well, just a wild guess - money laundering?

                But then, what do I know, I'm just a girl with simple tates.

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                  foodiemahoodie RE: Gypsy Jan Dec 23, 2013 03:58 PM

                  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).

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            foodiemahoodie RE: bigredd Apr 23, 2014 06:41 PM

            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.

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              TailbackU RE: foodiemahoodie Apr 24, 2014 09:54 AM

              Glad you liked it. My comment about looking like my grandma's living room was strictly based on the pics posted on Eater LA. Maybe it looks much better in person (let's hope so).

              I really want to like this place so am glad to hear at least one positive report on CH.

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