I met some new cyberbuddies Thursday night at Bottle Rock, a wine bar in Culver City. While the venue didn't bowl me over, the company was wonderful! insomniac was as delightful as the last time I saw her, and yeah4me, ajknightfan, and pdx were fantastic people.
The heirloom tomato bruschetta ($8) was pleasant enough.
I arrived late, so I don't know which cheeses these were, but generally cheese is three for $11. The more you get, the lower the price gets.
I enjoyed the baked brie ($11), which came with fig paste, herbs, and pecans.
The truffle grilled cheese ($10) had boschetto, mozzarella, fresh dill, and homemade truffle butter. It was delicious but far too small. I could've eaten four of these.
The roasted dates ($7) were filled with bleu cheese, rosemary, and walnuts and wrapped with prosciutto. Very good, but the ones at AOC are even better. Really, everything at AOC is better, but that's just because it's AOC.
A second cheese plate: Ewephoria (sheep's milk gouda from Holland), Bermuda Triangle (goat's milk from California), and Brillat Savarin (soft ripened triple cream cow's milk from France). Mmm. You can't go wrong with good cheese.
Bottle Rock is nummy-nummy but pricey-pricey for what it is. The quality of the food is actually quite decent, but your bill will be steep. There is a large array of wines available to go with all the cheesy goodness. My cohorts took advantage of that.
While Bottle Rock may have disappointed me a bit (it's right next to Fraiche, where I spotted Kevin from The Office on my way out and where I sort of wished we'd dined instead), my new friends certainly did not. I look forward to our next outing. I see lots more laughter in our future.