Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Rate-A-Restaurant #212: Cliffs Edge
Restaurant: Cliffs Edge
Location: 3626 Sunset Blvd. (Silver Lake)
Type of restaurant: Italian/Mediterranean
We stipulated: For the tenth anniversary of the day we first met, Maria and I decided heading back to the Good Luck Bar wouldn't work out -- Maria's eight months pregnant, after all, and that wouldn't probably come off well. Instead, we opted to venture close by.
They stipulated: Cliffs Edge is almost entirely outdoor seating -- but permanent heat lamps hover above.
What we ordered: Barramundi with Sugar Snap Peas & Jasmin Rice, along with Lemon Grass Jalapeño Broth ($24); Pan-seared California white sea bass with mashed potatoes and broccolini, along with butter corn sauce ($25). Salad: “Cliff’s” Caesar Salad --Classic Caesar with Shaved Reggiano & Anchovy & Garlic Crostini. Mike drink: Jalapeno margarita ($12).
High point: My fish was moist, and the rice had a nice hint of coconut. The hint of lemon in the salad was also nice.
Low point: Maria's fish was a bit too dry.
Barramundi with sugar snap peas
Overall impression: While the food is just OK, the Cliffs Edge setting helps make up for most of those shortcomings. Surrounding a massive tree and with greenery throughout, the restaurant is a great outdoor setting -- especially at dusk. Service was good, except at the start -- when we were greeted by a gruff maitre'd, followed by the employee who took us to our table -- and reeked of body odor. Yuk. Thankfully, it got better from there.
Pan-seared California white sea bass
Chance we'll go back: Perhaps for another special occasion.
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