Dined at Nikita on a warm evening in Malibu. The setting is "California-glorious"; the restaurant is literally within a few feet from the Pacific Ocean, with waves crashing on the beachfront. At night, flaming lanterns, scattered among the tables, light up this indoor-outdoor restaurant, conjuring up a Hawaiian party. The light glances off the waves, making for a dramatic and inspiring scene.The restaurant decor is in perfect harmony with its setting. Our appetizers (proscuitto and salad) were forgettable as were the accompanying rolls (hard, tasteless, overcooked, old). But the main course (filet chunks in heavenly sauce) was delectably delicious; enthusiasm was tempered by the french fries, too thick, starchy, and no crunch or flavorings one would expect from a high end dining experience. Ah, but for a french cook who knows how to double fry the fries in a perfect oil at a perfect temperature. The dessert, cannolis, were tasty, crunchy, but a chore to dissectinto edible pieces (chunks flying off the plate). I had to resort to my hands to break each piece in a controlled manner. The surprise treat was the mint tea! No country on earth produces more delicious mint tea than Morocco, and I have been deprived of this rare treat since my sojourn in Morocco. Nikita's mint tea comes close, if not replicates the heavenly drink of Morocoo. Several people to whom I offered a taste were deeply disappointed that they had not ordered mint tea at the end of their meal. All in all, a memorable experience, but improved bread, appetizers and veggies would merit the stamp of perfection on this beautiful restaurant.
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