Sunday, April 8, 2007

Civic Center Restaurants: Cafe Pinot

Cafe Pinot
700 W. 5th St.

What is it?
Pinot is owned by the Patina Group. The Patina Group is the child of Joachim and Christine Splichal. Joachim is a celebrated chef who under the Patina Group has built dozens of upscale "brasserie-type" restaurants in LA, NYC and Las Vegas, in addition to providing the same type of food to museum food services. Last October the Patina Group merged with Restaurant Associates. What does it all mean? I guess it's just a fancy chain. Pinot is located next to the LA public library and the outdoor patio faces a fountain on the west side of the library. It's a great place to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary, if you're wealthy - it's a great place to celebrate thursday night.

What to eat?
The mustard crusted rotisserie chicken was amazing -- the chicken was perfectly cooked and the seasoning was not overwhelming but orginal. The roasted Colorado lamb was also very good. The service is excellent and our waiter recommended a wine from Argentina that was new to us but delightful.

What not to order?
I've never had a stray meal at Pinot.

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