Monday, August 18, 2008

More Ketchup please!
Ketchup---the newest spawn from the Dolce Group---is found right in Sunset Plaza. I must say I think this is their best location. Sunset plaza is so pretty and always full of people and fun restaurants to go to- so don't worry about valeting- enjoy the walk around!

"Ketchup takes classic American cuisine and catapults the dishes into the modern age:menu inspirations based on childhood favorites, recreated with a gourmet, upscale twist. The Dolce group takes the traditional American grill, boring and predictible, and reinvents the concept to create Ketchup: youthful, innovative and fun." -from Ketchup's website.

I think that quote says it all.

We tried the: '3 SOME' which are three different fries and their 5 homemade ketchups: classic, chipotle, maple, ranch, and mango. The ketchups were tasty but it felt more like a gimic than anything else.

We had the "PARMESAN-GARLIC RING TOWER"- thick-cut sweet vidalia onion rings tossed with parmesan & garlic. It was delish! But not really a tower at all--it was just in a large cup.

And finally we had the "TUNA TARTARE" sweet soy reduction, avocado, tomato,
and basil chips. I do love raw tuna- ala sushi- but this I just wasn't a fan. The fish didn't taste as fresh as some sushi places I've been to in LA and the combo of ingredients were boring.

For Entree's we had the "BBQ BABY PORK RIBS" hickory smoked, served with the original KETCHUP BBQ SAUCE, Mac n’ cheese with white truffle and dungeness crab. The ribs were good, nothing out of the ordinary. The Mac n' cheese, however, was so unique and delicious that I was really blown away. They really need to make this in a full size course.

We also had the 'SLOW ON SUNDAY MORNING' Kobe beef sloppy Joe toasted buns, cheddar cheese, KETCHUP fries. This was also tasty, it had this great smoky flavor to it.

And lastly we had "MOMMA’S MEAT LOAF" KETCHUP secret recipe, garlic mash, baby vegetables. It was just okay, nothing special. But the garlic mashed potatoes were good!

The ambiance is very young Hollywood. Really interesting decor- very white with red accents. It felt very slick and modern but still had personality. But it was a little warm and stuffy- they had the windows open and no air conditioning going. This unfortunately only amplified the already very noisy restaurant. So if you are going to an intimate dinner do NOT go here. It is much more suited for a fun meal of a big party. Bonus: they walk around giving tastings of their martinis in shot form! I also that the restaurant was full of young people-not very many people over 30 from what I could see. They also have a room for just people getting bottle service ( I think they might have been intending for this to be another Les Deux- which I don't think it has become)

The restaurant is probably a little over priced as well- but if you are looking for a fun place, and a good (comfort type food) meal and don't mind spending the money I think it is ATLEAST worth a try! :) I left the restaurant very full and satisfied :) And then enjoyed a walk through sunset plaza!

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