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Sweetsalt Food Shop (Toluca Lake)

It's a shame...that area really needs a place like that but the service kills it for me ( us ). A group of us used to go from work but each time encountered rude service from the wife and would also hear her complaining about other customers. If you don't have the personality for it then don't work the front-of-house. It seems they are busy so I doubt the service will change.

Apr 05, 2010
blacksmith in Los Angeles Area

Osteria Mozza / Not-so-Nice-a

Four of us went to Osteria Mozza for friend's birthday. It took the usual month to get reservation...5:30pm no doubt. Three of us arrived on time with one nearby stuck in traffic. As soon as we walked in, we were not greeted with smiles and pleasantries but instead with a coarsely delivered question if our 4th was here and sternly reminded about the 15 min table hold. This set the tone for the rest of the evening. We explained ( with smiles ) how are 4th was close by. They said they would seat us but we would have to order for them...fine...no problem. As we sat and looked through the menu, we decided to order cocktails and apps for the table. When we told the waiter he informed us that we had to order entire meal at once...fine...no problem. We told him him we hadn't looked at the rest of menu and would need a couple of minutes. Now comes the manager (?) who rudely asked "the status of our 4th" and claims our waiter has been over "several" times but we still have failed to order. He then proceeded to talk down to us and kept reiterating how he "made exceptions" about seating us. This set my poor friend off whose birthday it was. I could not take it anymore and had to go outside while my wife tried to calmly talk to manager (?). I am all for rules and we gladly complied with all their requests...but the negative tone started from the moment we walked in and maintained a rude and condescending tenor throughout. Unfortunately, we stayed and dropped a lot of money on our meal and felt disgusted about it all weekend. Please let me know if anyone else has experienced a similar experience. There are other places in town just as good and Mozza made my boycott list.

Oct 06, 2008
blacksmith in Los Angeles Area

Paperfish or Papertiger?

Has anyone had a good experience at Paperfish? A group of us recently went and we were all under whelmed. The service was spotty and they were out of many things...which we weren't told till long after we ordered them. Food was ok but nothing to rush back for. Appetizers were better than the entrees. The design is really dated and can't see it holding up after a year. Felt like we were eating in Virgin Airlines airport lounge. Would love to hear of other experiences. Thanks.

Feb 13, 2008
blacksmith in Los Angeles Area

le bamboche

Thanks so much...I will give it a try.

Dec 27, 2007
blacksmith in France

le bamboche

Has any one eaten or heard of Le Bamboche in the 7th? It was recommended by my hotel.
Thanks...

Dec 27, 2007
blacksmith in France

mussels and fries tonight, hollywood area?

I would go to Pastis...Mussels not so good at Cafe Des Artistes last time I was there. Stella is the best.

Nov 27, 2007
blacksmith in Los Angeles Area

New Years Eve dinner in paris?

My wife and I are going to Paris for New Years. Any suggestions for dinner/celebration. Looking for something Parisian and not a new modern place...Thoughts? Thanks,

Nov 19, 2007
blacksmith in France