Aimee’s is located in a non distinct strip mall in Redondo Beach. If it wasn’t for a friend of ours recommending it to us, we would have missed it for sure.
We were also told that Aimee will talk your ear off. We were prepared but truth be told, I prayed it wouldn’t happen as I just wanted to enjoy my dinner.
We were greeted by the woman herself. She also shook our hands & welcomed us to her restaurant which was a nice touch. Other than that, she would check on us every now and again which I appreciated, rather than her talking to us all night long.
She was present the entire evening, also checking up on other tables, refilling drinks, and talking with guests. Something that’s really not seen these days.
Our server was very attentive at first, suggesting specials and taking our order. However, once that was done with, she disappeared. Another server brought our food. I had started with the butter lettuce salad special.
The salad was served with a sweet vinaigrette, apples, pomegranates, and topped off with goat cheese. A sweet and light way to start the evening.
Up next was the bavette de veau a la bordelaise, or veal skirt steak with a red wine sauce.
At first I thought the price was a bit steep but I definitely got what I paid for as it took me twice as long to finish my meal than my husband! No complaints with the side of mashed potatoes. The veal overall was very good. However some of the pieces were juicer than others. It would have been nice to have a more consistent dish over all.
For dessert I had a chocolate & hazelnut tart. It was rather rich and truth be told, I couldn’t finish it solely due to that. Half a portion would have been good enough for me.
Overall the service was slow or European depending on your perspective. As I mentioned, the server was attentive at first but as the meal went on, she all but disappeared with other staff picking up the slack for her. She only reemerged for dessert and to pick up the check. This is definitely not the place to eat and go. I would recommend arriving early in the evening as the service gets even slower as the night progresses.