I eat: Gordon Ramsay at the London, West Hollywood

Gordon Ramsay scares the hell out of me. I would not want to work for him, but eating at one of his restaurants is another story. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay anyone?

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We ventured into West Hollywood to dine at Gordon Ramsay on a Monday night for several reasons. Most importantly, we were there to celebrate J’s birthday. This down ass biatch painted my toenails when they were all deformed from snowboarding. If that ain’t love, I don’t know what is. Secondly, DineLA is back. And lastly, um, it’s Gordon Ramsay … need I say more?

The girls started with some cocktails, “English Rose” and “St. Rita”.

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In typical indecisive fashion, I couldn’t decide on what to order for my appetizer and entree until pressured at the very last second. Even though the seafood dishes on the DineLA menu sounded delish, I settled on Braised Shortrib Risotto and Braised Pork “Osso Buco”. You just can’t go wrong with meat and meat.

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… And I was right, the meats were fine. My complaints were reserved for the accompaniments. I found the risotto to be too al dente. I prefer my pasta al dente, but risotto should not have that much bite to it. The polenta that was served with the pork was bland. I don’t know about you, but I like my polenta cheesy – the more cheese, and the sharper the cheese, the better!

J ordered the same entree, but went with the “Applewood Cured Salmon Salad” appetizer. I tasted some of the salmon and it was good! It reminded us both of bagel and lox (mmmm, Russ & Daughters). If you want a light appetizer to start your meal, I would definitely choose this.

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My favorite dessert happened to be one that wasn’t my own. Bummer. The “Raspberry Vacherin and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream” (pictured first) was light and refreshing. My “Valrhona Dark Chocolate Crunch” was the exact opposite; it was very rich and dense. Since my appetizer and entree were both heavy, I should have ordered something light for dessert. My bad.

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Verdict: 3.5/5
Gordon Ramsay at the London, West Hollywood
1020 N. San Vicente Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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