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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

L.A. Restaurant Week: Dinner at Drago

Last night, we tried out Drago in West Los Angeles. It's a $$ restaurant, so dinner was around $34. The restaurant was a little odd; the decor was kind of old-fashioned, but the music was Rihanna. Weird. The people-watching was priceless - bleached cougars with investment bankers - all over 45 years.

Our waiter was straight from Italy and extremely charming and attentive. From the Restaurant Week menu I ordered the Insalata di Spinaci Pere e Pecorino, Ossobuco D’Agnello, and Creme Brulee di Frutti della Passione.

The appetizers and my glass of Pinot Grigio came right away. My salad was baby spinach with pears and large, thin slices of Pecorino cheese. The dressing was light and the lettuce was realyl fresh. It was a great starter.

My entree was the lamb ossobuco with risotto Parmiggiana and cubes of butternut squash. Lamb ossobuco is essentially a bone shank with meat. The bone marrow is part of the appeal of the dish but doesn't really appeal to me. However, the succulent, soft lamb meat that literally fell of the bone did appeal to me. The meat paired perfectly with the risotto and the butternut squash.

I was feeling really really happy and really really full by the time dessert came. I picked the creme brulee because it was the lightest one on the menu. It looked beautiful when it came to the table but the hard caramel layer on top left a burnt taste in my mouth and the addition of passion fruit to the custard made it way too sweet. Dessert is practically the reason I do Restaurant Week so I was a little disappointed with this one.

My boyfriend didn't order from the Restaurant Week menu but you can at least see some of the options at Drago below.

Overall, the restaurant wasn't really my scene from an ambiance but the wait staff was yet again attentive and friendly. My entree was heavenly but the dessert left something to be desired. Lastly, one of the perks of Restaurant Week is to eat at restaurants that you wouldn't normally be able to afford. The RW menu at Drago pretty much equaled the regular prices for my meal. Lame.

Come back tomorrow for a review of my next restaurant.

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