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Posted by jeremy on 05/10/2012
Went to VU when it originally opened, and have to say the food did not match the ambiance or the space, and it failed horribly, we as neighbors never went back. Well now they have a new chef, we hear it is a woman who is a pretty big name, but they were not telling as of yet... it has changed to a good little seafooder...the menu is good and simple, a great start for the neighborhood to return.Happy hour was great, and what a variety...I am spreading the MDR word, we now have another great place to go
Posted by LGF on 09/16/2011
In July of 2011, my 13 year old daughter and I had dinner at Vu while on vacation. We were walking around the perimeter of Marina del Rey and just happened upon it. I could tell that the restaurant was upscale and even though I didn't want to spend a lot of money, I decided that it would be a nice, new experience for my daughter. Suffice it to say that we were blown away by the food and the service. We ordered the Deconstructed Caprese Salad, Grilled Cheese, and Caesar Salad to split. We were very impressed with the presentation when our "small plates" were brought to the table. However, that didn't compare to our delight upon tasting the Caprese Salad, which consisted of four large cherry tomatoes that had been injected with balsamic vinegar, covered in a sheet of mozzarella cheese shaped around the tomato, and topped with micro-basil, extra virgin olive oil and hawaiian sea salt. I have never tasted anything so amazingly flavorful! It made me realize that the more flavorful the food is, the less we actually need. The grilled cheese consisted of four slices of toasted brioche, thick slices of a semi-soft homemade cheese called "midnight moon", and topped off with tomato jam and micro-basil. Delicious, especially the homemade cheese! The caesar salad was very interesting; it was served with a scoop of caesar dressing ice cream and candied lemon peel strips. We were so pleased with the meal that we topped it off with the ganache for dessert. It was dense and rich, with a deep chocolate flavor. Fantastic! The small amount of lime sorbet on the side was very tart and the micro-sized cubes of tequila jello were interesting. The staff was absolutely wonderful and even called a cab for us to get back to our hotel. They seemed to be genuinely delighted to see the pleasure we experienced eating our meal. Thank you, Vu, for an unforgettable dining experience!!
Posted by Virginia Visitor on 12/26/2010
Outstanding flavor in everything that we eat. Most items we were NOT sure what to expect as you do not see the names on most menus, but having everything from Breakfast to Dinner during our week long stay in LA, every meal exceeded our expectations. Service was great, atmosphere was terrific (although the cloudy days happered the view) and food was second to none. Favorite Breakfast was the French Toast.. I know sound pretty plain, but it is NOT a piece of bread. In fact I thought they brought the wrong thing as it looked like a large slice of cake. However one bite and I was hooked. Fish and Chips for lunch, again sounds plain and you think you can get that anywhere. Wrong again fish was done to profection, with flavor out of this world, and Chips that are made fresh in the kitchen when ordered. I can not pick a favorit Dinner item as they were all so good. All I can say is folks in the area or within a couple hours drive owe it to themselves to give this place a try, they will not be disappointed. Even the bartender has created some of her Specialty Drinks that you can not get anywhere else and if I was local they would become my favorite drinks.
Posted by Skaditch on 12/25/2010
What's not to love about Vu? Nothing. Here's my experience. The server started out encouraging us to try some small plates and then proceeded to go over his favorites. He then took our drink order and recommended an amazing Pinot Noir called Muira. I'm not a big fan of wine but this was delicious. Since his wine recommendation was spot on we decided to try his favorite small plates. Reconstructed Caprese Salad - The basil and balsamic are injected into the cherry tomato and then wrapped in the cheese. You pop it into your mouth and the flavors explode in your mouth. Effen amazing. Pork Belly - Served on grits and topped off with root beer jello. Crazy right? So delicious, it's easily my favorite. Lamb Lollipops - Actually served on lollipop sticks, really good. Calamari - It's steaks, not rings and comes with pink lemonade aioli as apposed to marinara. My second favorite. Chicken Fried Watermelon - I hate watermelon but loved this. And last Thai Mussles - Served in spoons, so no shells, I could easily see this being one of their big sellers. For dessert our server had us try, believe it or not, French Toast and it was a perfect ending. The portions aren't huge and they shouldn't be. If you want to pig out I recommend C&O Trattoria or Tony P's. This is the perfect place for those that want to try new things and eat amazing food. The Vu (view) is spectacular and they have a whole outdoor dining section so on nice days get there early. Our server was amazing and knowledgeable. Like I said, nothing negative to say and I imagine I will be eating there a lot.