A Taste Of LA: Chinois on Main
As Hailey mentioned on Tuesday, we are currently in the midst of one of the most magical times of the year: DineLA! I get as excited for this two-week span of restaurant deals as a kid on Christmas morning. I love everything about it: the anticipation that builds as the restaurant menus are announced, the pre-fixed menus showcasing the best the particular restaurant has to offer and most importantly, the time spent communing and eating with friends. Usually, we try one–max two– restaurants each restaurant week. This year though, with Hailey leaving :(, we splurged and went all out. Needless to say, I can feel my wallet getting thinner as my waistline gets bigger. 😉
Last Friday, the girls and I made our way to Chinois on Main. A Wolfgang Puck restaurant, Chinois boasts of the perfect fusion of Chinese and French cuisine. After reading the reviews (because not only do I like to write about food, I obviously like to read about it too) and hearing Hailey speak about the exceptional service (last time she went, the Puck himself showed up and shook the hand of every restaurant patron) and amazing dishes, I was super pumped to sample the pre-fix menu.
My fellow food readers, sadly Chinois did not live up to my lofty expectations. While the ambience was quaint, the food was delicious and the portion sizes were beyond generous, the service was sub-par at best. Though the host sat us promptly at our table, the service seemed rushed. Once the waiter realized we were ordering from the DineLA menu, I feel like he filed us in the back of his mind, haphazardly taking our order, forgetting to offer us a drink menu let alone water and ignoring the needs of our table until we specifically requested something.
Hailey chalks the poor service up to the busy nature of Restaurant Week. I chalk it up to the fact that we ordered from the Restaurant Week menu. Despite the service or lack thereof aside, the food was divine. I could definitely overlook a stressed waiter for another helping of creme brûlée.
2709 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405
What to Order:
Drinks: the Provincial Lemonade Cocktail or the Watermelon-infused Cocktail (Again, the drink service was nothing exceptional. The bartender made Hailey’s drink–the Raspberry-infused Cocktail–too strong. We are pretty sure he forgot to add the simple syrup, which probably attests to the rushed atmosphere in the restaurant).
Appetizers: Crab Louie or the Chinois Chicken Salad
Main: Seared Tuna or the Grilled Black Angus Flat Iron Steak
Desserts: Trio of Creme Brûlée with Caramel, Chocolate and Almond or the Warm Chocolate Fondant Cake