Sunday, 5:30 PM
We all love a great neighborhood restaurant. A friendly, reliable place where you can tuck in and have a consistently good meal. When I lived in West Hollywood, that place was Hugo's. When I lived downtown, it was Daily Grill (hey, there's not a lot of choices after 2PM down there). Now that I live in Miracle Mile, I was hoping my friendly neighborhood restaurant would be Luna Park, but it won't be.
There's nothing worse than a disappointing meal. It was my first night in my new hood and I needed some good comfort food served with a smile. We checked out Luna Park at 5:30PM Sunday evening. The place was empty except for a few people and we were seated at a big booth. The decor reminded me of a low-budget La Boheme... dark, sort of Bohemian, with chandeliers and red walls.
Our waitress came by to take our drink order. We ordered a diet coke and a water. "So no cocktails, then?" she said with a sneer. "No, thanks, it's kinda early, maybe next time." She gave us the you're-scum-because-you-didn't-order-expensive-drinks huff and scurried off. Service only went downhill from there.
I can put up with annoying service, but annoying service combined with mediocre food is too much to bear. Here's what we had...
Goat cheese fondue with apples and toasted bread ($8.25). Also know as "Jenga fondue" (get it? because the bread and apples are stacked like... nevermind)
This was harmless. I have mixed feelings about melted goat cheese, but whatever. Still, no finesse to this dish... it was literally just melted goat cheese, bread and apples.
Our entrees sucked. Brian ordered the "[UN]Tasty Burger" ($10.50). I remember once I made the mistake of buying pre-formed frozen hamburger patties at the grocery store. When I barbequed them, they were disgustingly dry and flavorless. Just like Luna Park's Tasty Burger. Seriously folks, I've had a better burger at Denny's.
I ordered the "Breaded Pork Cutlet Stuffed with Mushrooms and Gruyere Cheese with Mashed Potatoes, String Beans and Apple-Cranberry Sauce" ($16.50). This was a small step above Lean Cuisine. Oversweetened, oversalted... the pork was pretty tender, but the seasoning was all wrong.
Here are our entrees - the restaurant is so dark that one lady pulled out a flashlight to read the menu... the food's not worth seeing anyways.
Next time, I'll spend the extra 20 bucks and go to Campanile.
Saturday, April 01, 2006
Sunday, 5:30 PM