Orris Los Angeles Reviews
Jan 19, 2008
One need not bother making reservations to dine at orris. tables and counter spaces are available on a first-come first-served basis. the drill is to walk up to the host/hostess table and put your name on a list with the number of people in your party.
this place is not very big and it does get crowded, so the service could be a bit hurried.
on to the food:
1. cheese plate - some cow milk, cheese with rosemary, a sheep milk and a blue cheese. the blue cheese was too strong. i thought the sheep milk was my fave although to be honest, none of these cheeses really stood out.
2. ahi tuna tartare with cucumber (check out pix from martinikitty13's review) - this was tasty. nothing special, altho i liked the pine nuts and the cucumber salad to go along with the tuna. orris was quite stingy with the toasted bread though. they could only bring 3 pieces at a time. given that there were three of us dining, we found ourselves asking for more toasted bread more than once.
3. ravioli stuffed with shrimp puree - the ravioli itself was nothing to write home about. although i thought that the sauce was pretty tasty and creamy.
4. foie gras with eggplant (check out pix from martinikitty13's review) - this was my favorite out of everything we ordered. the foie gras was so rich and fatty. yummy! And the eggplant was very soft. both were smothered in a sweet sauce.
5. pork medallions - normally, i am a swine lover. but this underwhelmed me. the meat was mediocre. the sauce was mediocre. quite disappointing, really.
6. Quail over white beans (check out pix from martinikitty13's review) - i really was not impressed. it just did not stand out.
7. fried chicken - this was pretty good. nice and crispy on the outside and juicy white meat inside.
the bottle of pinot grigio was good.
i honestly don't remember the bill but i don't remember having a heart attack when i saw it. parking is easy to find on la grange or thereabouts.
the verdict: there were definite hits... And misses. i'd probably try other japanese bars popping up all over the city before i come back to orris.
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Jan 19, 2008
Orris is a Japanese small plates place located on a stretch of Sawtelle inhabited by Japanese businesses. It’s a small, cozy space where the focus is on the open and busy kitchen. Service is efficient and quick. The food was served quickly and were all quite good. I have to admit however that nothing was so extraordinary as to inspire me to come rushing back – but it’s a nice place to eat and drink with friends if you happen to be in the area. It is quite crowded so reservations are recommended.
We shared a nice bottle of pinot grigio and had the following plates:
- cheese plate (nice selection of cheeses – goat cheese, a creamy petite basque, etc. – other than the goat cheese, they were quite mild. Pleasant but not great.)
- tuna tartare with warm crusty bread and seaweed salad (good, but I’m a bit tired of this dish; although the addition of the slightly sweet seaweed salad was a nice touch) – they were however strangely stingy with the bread.
- Crab and cucumber salad (I really liked this one – very fresh and sweet and light)
- Pork medallions (this was ok, not sure what it was but I didn’t really like the mushy texture and aftertaste of this dish).
- Seared foie gras over eggplant (I also really liked this one – perfectly balanced in a wonderful, sweet sauce).
- Shrimp mousse ravioli with mushroom sauce (ok, but I was slightly underwhelmed).
- Quail over white beans (again, just ok).
- Fried chicken (pretty good, but nothing special).
All in all, it’s a nice place but somehow lacks the draw to keep me coming back. I would try it again if someone else wanted to, or if I happened to be in the area...
Part of the Lovely Days in LA travel blog
Apr 24, 2006
We discovered this little Japanese-French Fusion restaurant on Los
Angeles westside last summer and it never ceases to amaze me. The
prices have gone up, but it has not kept the crowds away. I almost hate
to recommend this place, because I'm afraid it will attract even more
people. I highly recommend the Albacore Lettuce Cups and the
Curry-Infused Shrimp Tempura!