On the ongoing quest to find a restaurant we love on the Westside of LA we booked AR Cucina as we had brunch at their sister restaurant Akasha
and really liked it.
Service was a bit slow to start and they ran out of the risotto by 7pm
but there were still loads of things on the menu that looked enticing.
The restaurant is cute but not special but the menu had a loads of the pastas we love like bolognese and matriciana.
What we ate:
We order some pizza bread caccio e peppe which was warm and fluffy and delicious.
Pizza bread at AR Cucina Culver City
Green salad starter was as plain and unremarkable as they get. My mother in law’s beet and avocado salad had small chunks of beets underneath leaves and was missing avocado.
Green salad AR Cucina Culver City
Stewart and I shared the trout and the papardelle bolognese. I found the trout too fishy. The bolognese sauce was tasty but the pasta was severely overcooked.
Trout at AR Cucina
Papardelle with meat ragu at AR Cucina Culver City
The chicken Linda and Charles shared was nice but once again not great.
Chicken with mushrooms and corn at AR Cucina Culver City
Best part of the meal was the cheesy cauliflower au gratin that was rich and indulgent even if a bit too mushy. Reminded me of Mac & Cheese.
Cheesy cauliflower at AR Cucina Culver City
The dessert menu wasn’t very exciting so we skipped.
In sum: we will return to Akasha but unlikely to be drawn back to AR Cucina.
AR Cucina Culver City
9531 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232