Gordon Ramsay

The London West Hollywood • 1020 N San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069(310) 358-7788 • thelondonwesthollywood.com/dining-en.html
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Let’s just say Gordon should spend a little time yelling at himself after this performance.

We had a tasting menu and about the only thing I can say was excellent was the amuse bouche: An espresso cup filled with chestnut soup and milk froth. After that, it was a complete nosedive.

The first course was the most tasteless salad I have ever had in my life. Seriously. This is not an overstatement. I’ve had airplane salads with more flavor than that. Absolutely pathetic. Everyone at the table was dumbfounded that they could actually serve something so bland and uncreative at that price.

Then came the oxtail jam ravioli, which sounded promising, but the sum of the parts didn’t equal much. Capo and Via Veneto both destroy this meek attempt at an Italian staple.

After that I split mains with a friend. I had the salmon, again, just eh. He had the filet mignon and it was good, but not great.

And last but not least was the hazelnut dessert- which was also good, but not jaw-dropping. In fact, the only thing, apart from the soup that was a standout was the wine. So kudos to sommelier and shame on Gordon.

So why not one knife you ask? Well, for dinner it most certainly deserves the snub, but if you happen to be doing breakfast, it’s actually pretty damn good. In fact, the eggs benny with proscuitto is quite stellar. As is the raisin walnut bread. Perhaps the best bread I’ve ever had. Bought an entire loaf on the spot to take back with me to New York. That said, Gordon doesn’t bake it. He buys it. And his waffles suck hard.

Additionally, for lunch, his fish tacos are also excellent. But his sweet tomato salad is just sad. So it would appear that Gordon  can’t seem to make a salad to save his soul.

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Sushi Park

8539 Sunset Blvd. Ste 20 West Hollywood, CA 90069 • (310) 652-0523

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You know you’re in for some serious sushi when you see the sign on the way to the front door that says “No California rolls. No teriyaki. So please don’t ask.”So unless you are prepared to put your faith in the chefs and go with the omakase, go somewhere else.

That said, the omakase is omg! Such an incredibly fresh, wide range of fish brined to perfection by chefs who are actually very nice and servers who were equally so.

The sake selection, while limited, was also quite good.

I can’t, however, say that it was the best sushi restaurant I’ve ever been to mainly  because of one fatal flaw: the location and decor. It’s in a strip mall. And even when you step inside the restaurant you still feel like you’re in a strip mall. Granted, this is probably what makes it possible to actually get a seat here, but I do have to say that it’s not a great date night spot as a result. Better with friends… who love sushi. A lot. Because it is a bit pricey. But you get what you pay for. Great fish. And at the end of the day isn’t that what’s most important?

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