There are a lot of restaurants in LA that have just-OK food, but are so nice to look at that you can still convince yourself to visit every once in a while. V is not one of those places. This loud, gaudy restaurant in Downtown LA is a miserable experience from the moment you walk in. You inexplicably order food and drinks at a bar right by the entrance, and then head out into the massive, multi-level dining room in a search of a place to sit amongst a zoo of overgrown plants, garishly graffitied walls, and what definitely feels like the entirety of CB2’s home-decor department. Sometimes those food and drinks are delivered, sometimes they are not - we didn’t end up getting everything we ordered, but what did arrive at our table was not good. The beet salad included raw, dirty-tasting beets, the mushrooms on the crostini were overcooked and flavorless, and we’ve had better raw fish at chain poke restaurants than in the tuna ceviche (which came doused in ponzu, and with two slices of Texas toast-sized white bread).
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