First time diner at this quasi hip restaurant in busy Culver City. Have patience when trying to find a parking spot as the public lots fill up early.
A wait of about forty-five minutes was necessary for a table on the patio at 9:15 on a Friday night.
Great bar menu and appetizers at the first-come first-serve area to the left of the outdoor area just in front of the bar. Service is good. Servers are attentive and professional.
Some offerings are less price worthy then others. Portion control is poor when looked at in relation to value.
Taste of food items is very good.
Favorite of the night was the pumpkin soup which was a rendition of pumpkin pie in a bowl. Flavors were true and developed. Puffy white marshmallow in the soup for garnish and flavor was perfect. The soup could have been hotter but it was good.
Worst item ordered was the lamb spezzetini (or something like that) – just a bowl of braised lamb with four small gnocchi.
I had an issue with an overpriced beef tartare appetizer for say $13 where we only received two toastpoints with very good beef tartare but you could order for $16 a hug cheese fondue which would feed four. Some pricing issues need to be looked at in terms of value and when it comes to the main courses…some dishes come with accompaniments (like the really great chicken dish with spaetzle) and others (like the lamb) are just a main course where sides should be ordered separately but aren’t available.
OVERALL – really a place to check out. very fresh, high quality ingredients and superior skills from the cooks.
Dinner for four with a few drinks was $215 (3 glasses of wine and one cocktail $49 or so was beverages – $166 was food, tax and tip.)