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Feb 08 2009

French Tapas at A|O|C – Is it really worth it?

Published by at 5:49 pm under Eating Out

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.

This is a picture of the outside of the restaurant, which I took off of Yelp.

This is a picture of the outside of the restaurant, which I took off of Yelp.

Here is the inside, with a view of the bar. (Also took this photo from Yelp).

Here is the inside, with a view of the bar. (Also took this photo from Yelp).

Our first dish that came out: Wild Mushroom Persille with Toasted Breadcrumbs $15

Our first dish that came out: Wild Mushroom Persille with Toasted Breadcrumbs $15

Albacore with a garlic, almonds, shell beans and yogurt dressing. $14

Albacore with garlic, almonds, shell beans and yogurt $14

Grilled Skirt Steak with Black Olive Aoli $18

Grilled Skirt Steak with Black Olive Aoli $18

Liberty Ranch Duck with Roasted Grapes & Abbemelle $17

Liberty Ranch Duck with Roasted Grapes & Abbemelle $17

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.

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One Response to “French Tapas at A|O|C – Is it really worth it?”

  1. Nickon 16 Aug 2009 at 1:09 pm

    To each his own. I though AOC was a superb dining experience – from the selection of wines, to the flavorful food and menu, to the ambiance. Perhaps your group of 8 was too large, as this restaurant is not suitable for large groups. 2-4 people, tops, helps to make the experience more enjoyable.

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