Some restaurants you go to once, enjoy it and then forget about it. Not Carlitos Gardel on Melrose Ave. near Fairfax in Los Angeles! This is my second review of Gardel's because it has become a destination restaurant for us. We do not live in LA, but we travel there regularly and we make it our business to enjoy dinner there every visit - at least once!
The food is divine, the service impeccable, the wine selections excellent, the ambiance just what you would expect in a fine dining experience. There is even live music after 9:00...a very pleasing keyboard player, whose playing simply adds to the atmosphere without impeding conversation in any way. The Argentinian/Italian influences (just as in Argentine culture as Gerard explained to us) make for a wonderful selection of dishes with every course. We have tried many appetizers (the portobello with spinach is a favorite!)....have enjoyed the lamb chops, the skirt steak, the fish, the pastas - and try hard to leave room for the homemade desserts! The newest addition is irresistible - dulce de lece Ice cream with dark chocolate bits - worth going for that alone, actually!!
This family owned and run restaurant (with two generations on the premises) shows the pride they have in everything coming out of their kitchen! I already look forward to our return!!