by Felita S. on
I made 15 DineLA Reservations. This is Restaurant #8. XIV by Michael Mina. Monday, 1.31.11, 8pm. Party of 2. I've been giving most of these DineLA restaurants 4 stars. They deserve it. They're not top restaurants in LA for nothing. They have lasting power because of their integrity, attention to detail and quality, and their passion for food, decor and service. This is no exception. XIV by Michael Mina is GORGEOUS. I love anything whimsical and eclectic and elegant and luxe. This has all that. After valet parking, my glam gal pal and I waltzed in and were seated in the middle of the whole scene. Clubby music is piped in at a fairly high decibel so you have the sense that this is a "happening" place. It is -- I love the lighting, the neoclassical decor, the swanky chandeliers, the bar area, and of course, the whole beautiful people scene. And thank goodness the FOOD and SERVICE are superb. (It's always a bummer when a restaurant doesn't live up to its hype.) So here's what we had: Regular Menu: Of course we were celebrating something again -- isn't there always something fabulous to celebrate? So we had oysters as our first course, they came with a little horseradish foam or something, light and smooth. $3/each if I recall, we had 3 each. M treated, so I don't have all the money deets. Amuse Bouche: Delicious little tapas with dip. Kinda like a tortilla but denser and lighter, with a white creamy dippy thing. Yum. I LOVE when they give you extra stuff for a prix fixe. $44/prix fixe + $25/wine pairings (per person): Appetizers: * Ahi Tuna tartare, ancho chile, asian pear, pine nut, sesame oil: Paired with a sparkling prosecco type wine - delicious! Tartare was perfect. * Butternut Squash Bisque, spiced marshmallow, salty peanuts, pink lady apples: Paired with a sweeter white, nice complement. Bisque with the spiced marshmallow was smooth with a little kick. Entrees: * Japanese Jidori Chicken, truffle mac & cheese, broccoli, onion jus: I don't remember the wine pairings, but they were both good. M and I just shared everything including the wines! Chicken was tender, truffle mac and cheese was delish -- but the onion jus was getting in the way of the truffle flavor. * King Crab Risotto, sweet peas, meyer lemon emulsion: GORGEOUS tableside presentation. White tagine and voila! the gorgeous succulent King Crab morsels on top of the divinely rich and creamy risotto. The BEST dish! Desserts: * Bourbon Glazed Doughnuts, Banana Ice Cream, Fleur de Sel: These two desserts were paired with sweet port wines in cute little glasses. There was a dark berry port that was like a thick sweet syrup, the other port was a beautiful lush cherry color with a lighter touch but a huge (alcoholic) punch! Doughnuts were yummy, we preferred the banana ice cream. * Michael's Root Beer Float, warm chocolate chip cookies. I'm not a huge fan of root beer, but I was DYING over the hot-out-of-oven chocolate chip cookies. YUMMY. Service was UBER fabulous! Our server was attentive without being obtrusive. He let us talk and talk and would gently interject with a new dish or something. Super fun to feel so comfortable to eat and laugh and share and connect and enjoy a fabulous restaurant! Verdict: LOVE this place!
by Michele L. on
I'd never been to an Afro-Jazz bar, but decided to try this place on the recommendation of a friend. We arrived at 7pm to find the place relatively empty. They seated us right away and got us our beer in about 2 minutes. YESSS!!! I love excellent service. Asparagus - Pretty standard, but comes with this yummy half-cooked egg which you poke with your fork so the yolk will spill out and coat the veggies. Couscous - Wonderful, and came with veggies. Sweet potato fries - Definitely order the aioli with it. Coffee-crusted pork loin - Good, but the bread it came with was a tad burnt. Lamb sausage - You can't really go wrong with lamb, or sausages, or snake in your beans. My favorite dish of the night! Goat cheese ravioli - My opinion is a little biased because I'm Asian and therefore lactose intolerant, but my friend who adores Italian food really did not like it either. Maybe the spices were a bit off? The atmosphere is very relaxing. The show was supposed to start at 8pm, but 8pm came and went. Apparently, the show actually starts whenever the musicians show up. :)
by Michael D. on
This is the worst place to go around Marshfield if you are from out of town. Coyote's bar in Marshield is known to be a "drunk" bar. You will not feel comfortable unless you are female. This used to be a nice, warm, friendly place. However, now coyote's has turned into a "boys-club" where the person who leases it has a major ego-centric and alcoholic problem.
This establishment would be perfect for a person who has NO class and that's looking for a fight. The ONLY way this bar has a chance is that if the "OWNER" realizes the potential in this place, and turns into a POSITIVE landmark in the community.