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Tipple and Brine...has anyone eaten there?

orythedog May 12, 2014 12:26 PM

I'm curious if anyone has eaten at Tipple and Brine in Sherman Oaks?

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  1. Bob Brooks RE: orythedog May 12, 2014 04:34 PM

    Ate there last night. Very nice oysters, but a tad pricey at $3.50 per. Kale Caesar was very good. Uni toast interesting but maybe the uni gets a little lost in the avocado. Smoked trout rillettes were great.
    Fried octopus was very good, but the sauce was a bit too rich. Same problem with the brussels sprouts; well cooked, but the sauce was too much and became cloying after a few bites. Nice atmosphere and the waitstaff is first-rate.
    You should definitely give it a try.

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    1. re: Bob Brooks
      orythedog RE: Bob Brooks May 13, 2014 09:55 AM

      OK, I will try. Thanks for the detailed response.

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      xoxohh RE: orythedog May 12, 2014 05:41 PM

      Had dinner there last week. To me, I'd rather spend the $150 or so elsewhere. Way too much money for this type of meal. Not bad, just not worth it.

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        orythedog RE: xoxohh May 13, 2014 09:54 AM

        Just curious, what did you eat, and how many were in your party. I went to the media event the day before it opened and was unimpressed with the passed apps. That may or may not translate to the menu. Still, it is down the street and it would be great to have a dependable addition to the neighborhood.

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          xoxohh RE: orythedog May 13, 2014 12:50 PM

          There were just the 2 of us. Chef's choice of oysters (12 for $34), 2 cocktails each and we shared the uni on toast (meh) Cauliflower (which was the highlight by far, really yummy) and roast chicken, not great. With T and T around $150.

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        chewbacca RE: orythedog May 13, 2014 08:07 PM

        I've had their scotch and oysters deal-y .... A sluice? I forget ; and though I love both, I cannot recommend. We also split the lamb shank at the bar and the lamb was large and impressive knuckle, but the grits and fava were barely there. I wanted to ask for more grits! Expensive with a nice steam-punk atmosphere. I think my bar stool had memory foam for my a*s! Better than before, but overpriced and they need HH specials big time ASAP.

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          bruinike RE: orythedog May 14, 2014 08:55 PM

          I was initially curious but everything on the menu sans the oysters seems really heavy.

          1. orythedog RE: orythedog May 16, 2014 09:19 AM

            Ok, you can now count me as someone who has samp0led the food from the menu here. I recently had the smoked trout rillettes which was served in a mini mason jar, with toast points, and pickled veggies. For $12, I thought it was a nice sized portion. And...I thought it tasted good too! The flavor reminded me a little of smoked whitefish at a deli. The pickled veggies included gherkins, pearl onions, mini fennel, and...wait for it...romanesco, as well as a pile of frisee that was dressed. It made me want to try other things on the menu. While I will reserve my opinion until I have sampled more offerings, we are off to a decent start.

            They are also opening up a speakeasy upstairs with a separate entrance and have other plans to turn neighbor Madbulls into an Italian restaurant.

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