Lovely meal overall at Kass the other night. Though expensive ($260 all in for two, with two glasses of wine off the list and $35 corkage for the bottle we brought), we left pretty darn happy. Kass feels very much like a date night place and reminded us of a French restaurant in London that we adore.
- Eggs with Caviar (special for that night)
- Beet salad
- Croque Monsieur. Cheese and truffle, how can you go wrong?
- mushroom risotto. Super toothsome, awesome mushrooms aborbed with butter.
- Chicken supreme
- Apple tarte with vanilla ice cream. Perfectly flaky and perfect ice cream.
On the plus side, everything was delicious, no misses. Best dish might have been the risotto. The food perhaps feels a bit simple next to Republique, but the food also feels more classically French (as opposed to Californian and Asian influenced). The execution was spot on everywhere. This is the kind of food you want to drink with French wine (as to be expected). I was still thinking about the food the next day!
On the negative side, I because of the price, probably won’t be visiting too often. We left full and ingredient quality seems high, but I don’t drop $300+ on a dinner (with wine) every week. So better for those romantic nights out, vs. a night out with the boys. Also, some aspects of the service needs work. We arrived early for our reservation (as did a few others), so a handful of us were understandbly directed to the bar. Several of the bar staff just let us stand there for over 5 minutes without even offering a drink menu, while they chatted up other customers. Very small bar so there’s literally no way the bar staff didn’t know we were waiting there. Finally after getting a menu, the bar tender didn’t take our drink order for another 5+ minutes for absolutely no reason. I sensed frustration coming from another couple and gave them our drink menu since they hadn’t been acknowledged by the bartender yet either. Service was pretty decent during the meal, but I sensed the wait staff and kitchen was working really hard to keep up with everything. Props to them for keeping it together, especially since the hostess was performing double duty as the somm. Wine service was no fuss, Schott Zwisel stems, wine decanted on request.
So overall? Much enjoyed, but will give it some time before returning. After Spring closed, I was missing something more classically French, and this definitely hits the mark. The experience is somewhat on par with Orsa and Winston, though they are different cuisines, but there is a similar feeling somehow. I need to compare this to the remaining French spots in LA, like Papilles, LQ Foodings, etc.