My friend and I came here for happy hour the other night. Happy hour goes from 4-7 pm and we got in at 6:52 pm. We sat down at one of the many high tables and waited for service.
Our waitress comes over, and told us that they have HH, but there was only 8 min left. Yeah, we know.
She left and came back about 9 minutes later to take our orders. We ordered a glass of wine each ($5) and 5 appetizers at $4 a pop. Good prices.
We asked for duck rillettes, olives, spanikopita, burrata and tater tots.
After about 10 minutes she came by with the olives and mini hot dogs. I was confused and asked her what the hot dogs were. She said they were kobe dogs. Um.. we didn't order those I told her. She said sorry curtly and took them away.
Another 10 minutes later we got the tater tots, duck rillettes and spanakopita.
I've gotta say, those duck rillettes were effen amazing. Similar in texture to pate, and served with toast, it was the best thing of the night. I could have ate another order of them. I'm sure it was laden in fat and I probably gained 5 lbs from one serving, but whateves, it was worth it.
Tater tots were average, crispy, but after a while was just okay.
Spanakopita was soft and flaky with a nice spinach and cheese filling. Another winner.
Olives were just average. Nuff said.
And the burrata? Well, I couldn't tell you as they never showed up. We tried to flag her down but she was too busy chatting with some people at the bar. Seriously, the service was just off. She got the order wrong, then forgot our other order, and basically ignored us till we got our bill.
Maybe she should have written down the order. Just sayin.
Or hire another server, since she was the only one.
I might come back to try the Monday all night happy hour, but I really hope the service is not as bad.
Pourtal Wine Tasting Bar
104 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401