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26 By Shiloh's
Posted by JP on 01/30/2012
This is an update from my review a year ago. Revisited this on a recent Saturday night with my wife and another couple. Server was not knowledgeable. Had to ask the kitchen more than once what was or was not in stock. The menu was simplified, but a misnomer. Calling their apps Tapas is just a joke. Fine, nice buzzword, but not even close to real tapas. Lots of fish dishes, which I like, but didn ot try htis night. Their app for cod cakes was a total rip off. $12 for two small cakes. I asked the waiter if this was the $6 hot plate. He said yes and would check w/ the kitchen. I said, don't bother. I will just take the $6 one and don't need more food. HE said ok. Get the check, charged $12 and told that what I had was the original appetizer. So one of two things - either the waitstaff is terrible misinformed and clueless (which he was) about the food he is selling or the restaurant actually thinks a $6 hot plate would have constituted just one cod cake and ok ripping off its customers. Either way a joke. The pizzas are not as good as before. Bar is sparse and out of a lot of stock. And I could definitely have done w/out the Russian cruise ship bar mitzva tunes, including Adon Olam. Seriously people, its Saturday night, we left shul hours ago - who wants to hear more of it? Most folks want to eat Kosher,b ut prefer thinking they don't live in a shtetl. This place things the opposite. I will not go back unless under duress. Overpriced, mediocre food, poor service.
Posted by Toni K. on 01/04/2012
The new menu at 26 offers an excellent variety of fish and other dairy food. I absolutely loved the salmon it was probably the best i ever had. 26 is a wonderful chic place to go for lunch or dinner.
Posted by Howard on 01/14/2011
I went to 26 a week after they opened. Wasn't expecting much as I know it takes a few weeks to get the operation streamlined. But myself and four other friends I dined with were pleasantly surprised at the quick service and the food. Each of us getting a different dish and nobody had any complaints. From the various pasta dishes to the salmon, it was delicious.
Posted by JP on 01/10/2011
The summary: Good food. Clueless service as is typical of the kosher restaurant scene. The details: Took the wife and 10 others out this past weekend for a birthday celebration. It was a treat for us all. Would have been better if service actually knew what they were doing. The menu needs some work . Lots of great dishes. Loved that they have Huitlacoche! Tons of pastas, pizzas, appetizers. But just because you are dairy it doesn't mean nearly EVERY dish requires heavy cream or cheese. Some simplicity/delicacy is really required. And its pretty pathetic and embarrassing to think people would ever want a pickled herring or gefilte fish pizza. Seriously? Why can't kosher food move beyond the shtetl? But as is unfortunately all too typical of a kosher place the service is poor and really embarrassing, particularly when half our guests are not jewish and rather spend their dollar elsewhere. Examples of why service was so bad: -When you bring a bottle of wine, opening it also means asking which guests who would like a glass and then pour for them after you also allow the person who ordered it to taste it. No tasting, no asking, nothing. Also, its a white, so umm, an ice bucket would be nice. -Our server hovered all the time over guests pushing us to ordered the clear, pay the check, etc. The place was half empty and we were the largest group there and still he hovered for us to pay up. Ummm, did he think we were gonna stifff him? IT really was uncomfortable. -We almost always were complaining about empty water glasses cause they never came -Appetizers came with the meal and not as appetizers as we requested them. Ummm, thanks. -The server knew nothing about the menu, the items, the taste. He couldn't answer a single question, not one. Management needs to train/teach its staff about the food. -The server did make us order quickly saying that the kitchen would be really backed up once people ordered before us if we waited any longer. Nice of him. But umm, thats called management. If the kitchen can't get dishes out someone needs to re-think why. Food was good overall. I would go back, but now feel resigned to still to not have any Kosher place in LA other than Pat's that I can feel comfortable bringing non-Jewish friends too - or myself can actually feel I get good service and attention.