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and another friend "J" to hang out. They live in Downey, which, as far as I know, isn't home to many good restaurants. Since I couldn't think of a restaurant acceptable to all parties involved and since we weren't in the mood to debate the issue further, we ended up going to the Elephant Bar, which was nearby.
What we ate: 1) Hardwood-fired Moroccan Chicken Breast (10.50 USD) - chicken breast rubbed with Moroccan spices, creamed spinach, couscous, orange, cherry tomatoes, raisins. 2) Japanese Ahi Rice Bowl (12.95 USD) - tuna, choice of white or brown rice, shredded nori, dressed seaweed, dried tofu. 3) Classic French Dip with French fries (9.25 USD).
I ordered the Moroccan Chicken Breast. The chicken was overcooked and it needed seasoning. Also, there wasn't much flavor from the spice rub. The creamed spinach wasn't a proper creamed spinach. It was more like sautéed spinach finished with a generous amount of butter.
The three of us shared plates. I didn't think too much of the Ahi Rice Bowl and I didn't have any of the French Dip, but I did help myself to some fries. God, how I love French fries. Couldn't live without them.
One thing that drives me nuts about corporate restaurants are their encyclopedic menus and the Elephant Bar's menu was no exception. What is even worse are restaurants like the Elephant Bar that try to tackle every cuisine. The usual result is a menu that tries to do everything but never succeeds at doing any single thing well. I express it in Korean thusly, "So dap dap hae!"
In conclusion, this meal was pretty boring. I thought my dish in particular was poorly conceived and executed.
Just in case "P" and "J" are reading this blog entry, I must qualify all these remarks by saying that spending time with my friends was much more important to me than what we ate that night.
The Bill: My college roommate covered the bill. Thanks "P"!
My Rating: No star out of four stars (satisfactory). Open Sunday to Thursday, 11 AM to 10 PM, and Friday to Saturday, 11 AM to 11 PM. www.elephantbar.com
Last Word: After the Elephant Bar, "P', "J", and I went to In-N-Out to eat French fries cooked well done. Now those were delicious!
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