Wanted to check out a new spot for DineLA. We chose this spot Friday night, made reservations and arrived on time. Unfortunately there was some sort of concert by the lamp posts, and it was packed and extremely loud. We make our way back to the restaurant and checked in.
I'm pretty sensitive to smell, my husband said that's my superhero power. :/ But skimming through the reviews, I was happy to see that I wasn't alone in feeling that it did smell like a dirty gym. The place has a retro vibe, and I think for lunch it would be good, but I was expecting a nicer ambiance for dinner. The service was great all around, and the food ranged from mediocre to good. I liked the fresh baked bread they offer, and my dinner companions liked the drinks they ordered.
*charred octopus - really good. my favorite dish of the night
*squid ink pasta - i always wanted to try squid ink so i ordered this. the look of it freaked me out. not the color, but the tube-y pasta was jiggly. there was only so much of this i could eat too. i think i wouldn't mind it as a side, but not as an entree.
*pork - my husband's dish was good, but really salty. we had to ask for more bread to introduce a bland starch and balance out the salt.
*chocolate mousse - okay
All in all, I'm glad I checked this out, and I think this would be a great lunch spot. You can people watch and sit outside. But as for a dinner venue, it just wasn't for me.