After sitting in horrendous traffic for 1 hour coming from the westside, my BF and I finally arrive at Grace 30 min late for our 7:30 reservation. The host greeted me by name even before I spoke. How nice is that?
It wasn't busy at all last night and pretty quiet that if a coin was dropped, you would have heard it.
The service was great, no complaints. We got our wine and water pretty fast. Our waiter was attentive, but not obtrusive, something that is very important to me. I hate when I'm in the middle of a conversation and someone comes over and interrupts.
Food was excellent and pretty big portions.
BF ordered the Kabocha squash and roasted chestnut soup. It was pureed and tasted had a nutty flavor to it. He liked it very much, I was so-so on it.
My Dungeness crab salad was amazing! I loved how the potato crisps separated the layers of yummy crab. The small apple slices gave it a nice tang to it. It was really a lovely salad.
best crab salad ever
BF ordered the sauteed New Zealand Sea Bream (fish) which was tasty, but didn't really wow me. I guess I'm more into unique/odd flavors.
Which is why I ordered the braised pork shank with chorizo fries and rapini.
Holy shit! This pork was the size of my head and weighed about 5 lbs. I could only finish 1/6 of it and took the rest home. I must say the pork was very well seasoned and damn tender. Mmmm mmm braised! The chorizo fries were great and very creative. Who would have thought to put crispy chorizo with roasted potatoes? Genius. The rapini was good, although a little bitter.
We each had a glass of German Riesling which was pretty damn sweet, yet tasty. No martinis for us! I think I'm taking a break from drinking for a while. Oh wait, who am I kidding?
So, overall Grace serves great food and provides great service. I just thought they were pretty dead, even for a Tuesday night. We left around 9 pm and we were the last customers there. They were even starting to close up shop. Hmm.. bad economy?
If you go here, get the pork shank. It will last you for days. Definitely worth the $28 it cost.
Valet parking is up front, but I scored a sweet parking spot just steps away from the restaurant! That made up for being stuck in traffic forever.
(sorry for the bad pix, I only had my iPhone with me)
7360 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036