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We had a lovely double-date experience at Water Grill. We started with cocktails, fresh oysters and stone crab claws (first of the season). Two members of our party ordered the same cocktail and upon delivery, one was noticeably more well-crafted than the other. We sent the one back with a busboy and when it returned, it was only half-heartidly fixed. Thankfully, our server quickly fixed the situation and everything was uphill after that moment. Our oysters included the Tomahawks and Mermaid Cove's, (all east coast). They were wonderfully briny and super fresh. The crab claws did not dissapoint. In addition to the raw bar, each couple ordered wedge salads and clam chowder. Our server was smart enough to have the kitchen split each item without us asking. Kudos to her. The chowder was probably one of the best I have ever had. It was loaded with clams which were sweet and tender. It also included thinly sliced fingerling potatoes which I thought was a nice touch. The wedge was wonderfully crisp, and had the perfect amount of blue cheese with generous bits of lardon. The soup and salad alone would have been a perfect meal. Since we were so full from the first two courses, we each decided to split lobster rolls and get a couple of sides. Having had lobster rolls all over the east coast, in addition to many of the popular sea food places around LA (Connie & Teds, Hungry Cat, Littlefork, assorted food trucks), I can honestly say, this was one of the best I've had. The roll was piled with tender lobster. It contained the perfect amount of mayo which allowed the flavor of the lobster to shine. I washed it down with a glass of Turley Zin, which is one of my all-time favorites. I was super-excited to see it on the wine menu. We finished with the Key Lime pie, which was good, but maybe a tad bit tart for my taste. Overall, service was spot-on. The staff understood we were two couples catching up and enjoying each others company. They were attentive and not obstrusive. The food itself is amazing and I'm already craving the clam chowder. We had a great experience and we're looking forward to going back.
I stumbled upon Puran's on accident one night. I was in Los Feliz with a friend to pick-up some music from another friend and there was a ton of traffic and we were starving so we pulled over at the first place we saw which was Puran's. I was blown away how good the food was! It was a really cold day, and the server suggested this pomegrante & lentil soup that was a special and it rocked! I also ordered the organic herb dover sole upon her suggestion that was grilled w/ warm cous cous, and I felt like I inhaled it. It tasted so good! My friend got the warm rice salad with black beans and then got the homemade ground filet burger and fries and loved it! We were not going to get dessert, but our server suggested the homemade apple tartin, and we were so glad we listened to her. Warm, tasty and we again inhaled it. I have not had such a great meal and such great service in a very long time! The vibe was casual and it is a nice room. It was not busy when we walked in about 6:30 pm, but it was pretty packed when we left. They also had some cool ambient background music on that we really liked and would have not expected them to be playing. The server was a girl and I did not get her name, but she really knew the menu (which is huge and has a little bit of everything on it), and definitely steered us in the right direction. She also explained that all of the food is really healthy and that Puran (Chef & Owner) does not use anything from a can and that everything is made fresh daily. Our server was really good and you can tell the food is all really fresh the minute you take a bit. The had a ok wine list, and prices were really good and they had a really decent beer selection which both of us opted for. I have been thinking about this meal for over a week, and that is why I decided to post this. I will definitely be back!
I've been going to this restaurant because they have that hard to find authentic home style taste and they make tortillas fresh - on the spot - and they're so good you could eat them by themselves. Their menu is just right, having all the components that make up just about every dish you can think of - it's a small (hole in the wall) restaurant and at times you may have to wait 10 minutes, but it's worth it and you will see people waiting - why? Because honestly, there's almost no dish that is not good (and they serve menudo and cocido every day, even birria!) - and there are some that are just plain great. Before my mother passed away I would go to lunch with her all the time and she was a great cook, so she was as picky as the sun is hot - and more then 1/2 the time when I asked her where to? She'd say, with a smile on her face, 'Chispa!'....which made me happy to make her happy. I couldn't rate this any better, to impress my mom meant you took care in the details (to mom that was roasting fresh chiles, cooking on low heat when necessary, fresh ingredients, just the right amount of spices - never too salty or bland, salsas that let you know someone knows how to cook and consistant, consistant, consistant). And everyone there is friendly and they already know what I like -so I don't even have to say the whole dish (lengua en salsa de tomatillo con frijoles y arroz - THE BEST!) - I almost regret rating it cause that means I might have to wait longer....but my mom shared this place so can I. Take your parent(s) out to this little place...they'll want to go back and so will you.