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CUT by Wolfgang Puck

August 27, 2009

I am deeply saddened to say that I did not thoroughly enjoy my dinner at CUT.  This was my second time dining here and after an exceptional first experience, I wanted to go back again with my beau.

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We had reservations and were seated immediately.  It took quite awhile to receive our menus and I had to request the waiter to take our order because no one had come by after sitting at our table for 30 minutes.

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We had these little cheese bread balls but the waiter took the basket away before I even touched my second one.

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We also chose this foccacia bread that was excellent with a garlic herb butter to spread.

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We had such a hard time deciding which starters and which sides to order.  Everything sounded so wonderful.  The tuna tartare starter was magnificent!!  I loved the blend of flavors that popped in my mouth when I took a bite.  This came with 5 thin crackers to spread the tartare on.  It is “Blue Fin ‘Toro’ Tuna Tartare, Wasabi Aioli, Ginger, Togarashi Crisps, Tosa Soy”

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We also went with the Maple Glazed Pork Belly, Asian Spices, Sesame–Orange Dressing, Bartlett Pear Compote.  The waiter described it as thick slices of bacon slow cooked over hours.   It was extremely tender and the meat fell apart as soon as you stuck your fork into it.

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Boyfriend went with a Rib Eye cooked medium rare and a wasabi-yuzu kosho butter sauce on the side.  The sides we chose to share were the creamed spinach with fried organic egg and the roasted sweet corn.  I could’ve eaten two bowls of the corn and been happy that night!  That’s how sweet and great it was.  The sauce had a strong citrus flavor from the yuzu which complemented the peppery flavor of the wasabi.

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I went with the 8 oz. filet mignon.  I ordered it medium and it came out medium well.  It was tough and dry and although I hardly ever do this, I sent it back to the kitchen.  I figure for as much money as we’re spending at this restaurant, I should eat a steak that is cooked how I ordered it.

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The chef sent out a Kobe beef short rib dish as a gift to eat while I waited for my new steak.  It was good but I was ready for my steak.  Unfortunately, when it came out it was very RARE.  I told the waiter and they cooked it a little more.

Overall, everything we ate was wonderful except my filet mignon.  How ironic that I was most disappointed in my steak at this distinguished steakhouse!  If it weren’t for the slow service and my steak, it would’ve been a perfect dinner.  I don’t think that is asking for too much at a refined restaurant such as CUT.  The highlight of the evening was getting to meet Mr. Wolfgang Puck himself!!!  As disappointed as I was in the steak, when he came by to greet us all I could do was smile, shake his hand and ask to take a picture with him.  I was quite starstruck and excited to meet him!!!

Beverly Wilshire Hotel,   Beverly Hills, California 90212

Chaya Brasserie – dineLA

February 8, 2008

Our first dineLA experience was at Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills.  I was intrigued by the description of the restaurant on their website, “distinctive East/West cooking by Executive Chef Shigefumi Tachibe, who first introduced Los Angeles to Franco-Japonaise cooking.”  http://www.thechaya.com/bhindex.htm

We were thanked for arriving a few minutes early for our reservation and seated immediately.  The first thing I noticed about the drink menu was their title for cocktails.

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How adorable!  I ended up ordering a glass of wine though. 🙂

Our server was very helpful and informative about the menu and wine choices.

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Boyfriend chose the grilled asparagus with parmesan cheese as his appetizer.  That is exactly what he got:  grilled asparagus with parmesan cheese on top.  No frills.

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I chose the lobster ravioli with basil pesto sauce.  Each of the two ravioli were stuffed to the brim and it was obvious they were going for quality and not quantity.

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We were excited about the entrees.  Boyfriend went with the pan-roasted New Zealand White Sea Bass, braised greens, sweet bell pepper, Andouille sausage, with basmati rice.

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My entree was wonderful.  I chose the slow braised short rib with champignon truffle oil risotto.  The meat was incredibly tender and the risotto was amazing.  Boyfriend loved my risotto too, as it probably would’ve been better paired with his fish than the basmati rice they served.

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There were only two choices for dessert (one being a VEGAN option that our server advised against) so Boyfriend and I both chose the chocolate ice cream sandwich.  There were no complaints here but I couldn’t help but think that this cookie/ice cream sandwich was probably five times more expensive than the ones I get at Diddy Riese in Westwood…

While I was impressed with my appetizer and entree, Boyfriend was left wanting a little more.  He probably could’ve made the grilled asparagus at home and we both would’ve chosen another starch to go with his sea bass.  I enjoyed the Japanese bamboo garden decor in the center of the restaurant and the staff were all very friendly.  I wouldn’t mind trying out Chaya San Francisco once we move up north!

Final rating: three and a quarter stars


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