Dinner was at the communal table, which I enjoyed. I don’t know why but I love eating at a large table with strangers and bumping elbows. We weren’t that close to people here, but usually in Los Angeles, communal tables require touching elbows. 🙂
The lamb shank was amazing and I had to start with that. That’s probably the most memorable item from the restaurant. Well, that and the pimento. The place was crowded and it was a LONG wait for a table. Luckily we found an area to seat four and we went in. Many bottles of wine later, we walked back to our hotel and enjoyed a good night’s rest. I can say, some were feeling a bit hungover the next day. I was not one of them. 😛
I don’t ask for much. All I want when I visit NY is Shake Shack and Katz Deli.
The last trips to NY and Vegas, I never got Shake Shack. This time I wanted it and there was no stopping me. Unfortunately, my friend who lives in NY knew all along that we would NOT have time to get Shake Shack during our weekend trip but didn’t tell us and just kept pushing it off. Luckily, her bf’s friend was kind enough to bring it to us. I was so happy and thankful. My friend came through and provided us with the one meal I wanted…
We didn’t even make it to our reservation at Marea. Shake Shack is priority.
Next trip, I must get Shake Shack, of course AND Katz!
On my actual birthday, we celebrated a friend’s bf’s birthday. I didn’t mind so much until Bear mentioned how messed up it was. I didn’t even get to blow out candles or get acknowledged for my birthday! Well, by a few people but not as much as I would have liked. ahhahahahh jk.
Bear was upset because he cares for me. In actuality, I didn’t care, I was having fun celebrating my friend’s bf’s birthday because he is such a social butterfly! I couldn’t believe how many friends he had and how amazing they all were. Sometimes I wish I had a group of 20 friends…
No reservations were made but we were able to find a spot at the bar and order a bottle of Chandon Brut Sparkling for $44 and the hamachi appetizer. Both were super refreshing and held us over until we got seated. I was so surprised that the hamachi dish wasn’t drenched in sauce and we were still able to taste the freshness of the fish. Good job, chef!
As for the rest of the dishes… I was impressed by everything.
Must GET the prawns with greens, it was one of the best dishes I’ve had in a while. What I hate about these new establishments these days is that they are so big on the hype and social media outreach that their food quality usually sucks. This place was a nice surprise for my birthday dinner with Terry. we also got the bone marrow which was juciy and greasy and the toast was very buttery (just the way I like it). I believe they toasted it on the pan with an inch of butter! 😛 The prime rib was great too but we were thrown off by the mushroom ragout. It almost tasted like barbeque sauce and if we weren’t already buzzed and noticed the description in the menu, we would have asked for it on the side. The fries that accompanied the steak were truffle Parmesan. Imagine In N Out fries with those flavors… and I don’t even like In N Out fries but these were unstoppable…
I really want to go back and have the prawn dish again. Oh and the bottle of champ.
I came to work but their wifi wasn’t working and neither was their AC.
Summer has been brutal in LA and I only wanted to come here because their food is great.
Luckily I was able to fill my hunger but I wasn’t able to get any work done so I ate and then I left.
I hope when I get back, their AC and their wifi is working!!!
Two years ago, when Jo and I saw posts about Diner en Blanc on social media on Rodeo Drive (literally) we were so FOMO’ing. This year, we got the invitation a week before and we were scatter brained trying to get thing organized. It was NOT enough time to get our outfits together and collect all the necessary items to have to enjoy our dinner with 1000+ people in a public area. We needed to bring EVERYTHING, except, well our alcohol.
We picked up caviar from Petrossian and charcuterie from Silver Lake Wine and Cheese. We rented chairs and bought tables and crap on Amazon and did one day shipping. (Thank you Amazon Prime)!
By the time we arrived to the bus meetup place, we were sweating and not happy. The bus ride to our secret location was annoying. We had to carry ALL our stuff onto the bus cause it ran out of space in their cargo area. Two chairs, one table, hand cart, ice cooler, bag, our purses and other misc. stuffs. We arrived to a not so special location and we were bummed. The line to get our alcohol was super long and hectic but by the time we got to our table and downed two glasses, we were happy and forgot about all the bumblefuck we just went through.
Would we do it again? Yes, one more time the next time around but if the location is just as shitty, we are never going back.
Pershing Square is a public park where bums hang out and office people in the area go there to eat lunch without any restrictions. How is that cool?
Two years ago, they blocked off Rodeo Drive! Now that’s cool! I wanted it to be a novelty location and have street closures. Well, it wasn’t and we didn’t have to follow the rules exactly. No one check. We’re going to be smarter next year and we’re coming with tons of other people. We wanted to meet new friends but everyone was already in their group and we did run into some friends but they didn’t seem to be as buzzed as us.
As usual we ordred two champagnes and finished it off. 😛