jiraffe- LOS ANGELES
call me spontaneous but i was in los angeles again this weekend even though i really should’ve been in bed recovering from a bad cold or studying for finals. but anyway, it turned out to be well worth it. the first night there, b took me to a french restaurant called jiraffe in santa monica, los angeles. we made reservations at 830 and was seated almost right away. the place was packed with a more mature crowd. the restaurant isn’t too big but it has two levels, large windows, classic white table cloths, and dim lights. it had a really inviting and sophisticated atmosphere.
complimentary bread– i think that complimentary bread served in restaurants is really important because it creates a first impression (i think i said this about menu’s too), and it is also a good indicator of the quality of food and place itself. but in this case, the bread wasn’t served warm, and it wasn’t very good.
complimentary miniature mushroom cappuccinos– good thing we didn’t order the soup because this was delicious and filling. rich and creamy. this made me hungry and excited for my main course to come.
new zealand lamb rack/ yellowfin potato samosas, vegetable moussaka, thyme-scented lamb jus ($38)– my boyfriend who loves to eat lamb chops said this was delicious and the meat was perfect, but as he finished his dish, he said it was missing something.
prime beef filet/ warm fingerling potato salad, roasted cherry tomatoes, shisito peppers, arugula, shiitake mushroom sauce ($30)- the filet (medium) was really good, but i thought it was missing flavor too. we both couldn’t seem to think of what it was that was missing in our dishes. then again, my taste buds wasn’t functioning properly that night because of my cold…
nevertheless, i had a wonderful time here. love the location, service, and ambiance. the food was quite good.. but im not entirely convinced yet. i am hoping to come back and try other things on their menu next time!