Feb 08 2009
Last night, we were invited to celebrate a birthday at AOC, a tapas restaurant and wine bar in LA. When I first heard that we were going here, my first instinct was to Yelp it, just to see what was in store for me. With 259 reviews and averaging a good 4 out of 5 stars, I figured it would exceed my expectations. However, I can’t say that I was that ‘wowed’ by AOC. The ambiance was cozy, but a little too crowded, with tables being set up too close to each other – literally an arm’s length away from touching someone at the next table. I didn’t find the complimentary sourdough bread and black bean spread with olives to be very pleasing. With a group of 8 last night, the waiter recommended that each of us order at least 2-3 dishes and all share, ranging from $9-$20 per dish. Daniel and I ordered 4 together (as pictured below) and was able to try a little bit of everyone elses’ choices – everything from bacon-wrapped dates to foie gras.
I know there’s a lot of hype about French Tapas, particularly at AOC, but I can’t say that I am a big fan of it. Sure the food was succulent and tasty, but I think it is overpriced for what you get. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the experience and was able to learn a few new things about French cuisine. Maybe one of these days, Daniel and I will test our skills in the kitchen and whip up our own version of French tapas.