Friday, March 25, 2011

Rate-A-Restaurant #245: Wilshire

Restaurant: Wilshire Restaurant

Location: 2454 Wilshire Blvd. (Santa Monica)

Type of restaurant: New American

We stipulated: I was meeting pal Leslie for lunch; she works in Santa Monica but couldn't travel far that day. I'm s rarely in Santa Monica that it offered a chance to try some place new.

They stipulated: "At Wilshire, our menu is developed around local, organic, and seasonal ingredients, taking advantage of our uniquely rich and diverse farmers markets. Dishes originate from a fusion of American and International influences, presented in a simple and accessible style. We call this "New Urban Cuisine", reflecting the modern sensibilities of supporting sustainable farming, enjoying sophisticated and excellent food, and gathering in a beautiful but casual atmosphere."

What we ordered: Miso marinated cod (shitake mushroom salsa and crispy rice) $24; chicken caesar salad (white anchovy, grilled lemon garlic croutons, parmesan) $15; truffled potato chips $4; flourless chocolate cake (blackpepper ice cream, saba) $10

High point: The cod was nice, and the setting (back patio) is great.

Low point: To us at least, that "blackpepper ice cream" appeared to actually be vanilla ice cream with black pepper sprinkled on top.

Overall impression: Good place for a business lunch.

Chance we'll go back: Too much of a hike west to make it a destination, but wouldn't be opposed to a return visit.

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