Exterior Lala's Argentine Grill
Lala's Argentine Grill is a cozy Argentinian (duh!) restaurant located at 11935 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604, and their telephone number is 818-623-4477. Usually when you hear "cozy", it typically means small (i.e.: Redmanthatcould, your penis...it's so...cozy), and that's exactly what I mean with Lala's. When I visited, it was on a Friday night at the Studio City location; they also have a 7229 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90046 (telephone: 323-934-6838). The lovely Christina served us, who is pretty Asian girl that had to placate my brother Lenny during our meal, and even more so while we waited for our bill.

They offer valet parking at $3.50 a pop, and while street parking is kind of tough on the weekend, there's still potential for it if you want to avoid the five spot (after tip) to the valet chimp. There's covered outside seating, which probably would have been more comfortable since it didn't look nearly as cramped as the inside seating. Not to say the inside seating was terrible, but you definitely hear what all the other tables are talking about.

Interior Lala's Argentin Grill

Lala's is not exactly upscale - is there upscale in the San Fernando Valley? - but you definitely don't want to show up in a t-shirt and jeans. There's dark lighting with candles on the tables, and they have just a few paintings on the wall. I think they probably want your attention to be on cool wire art hanging from the ceiling. Our service was great, both from our waitress and the food wenches that helped her bring out the entrees.

Prices range from $15 - $35 an entree, and their menu is heavy on the meat dishes, with a wide variety of steaks. Our table ordered some appetizers, which left a little to be desired, so I didn't even take note of what they were. The meat and potatoes of their menus is their meat and potatoes. I chowed down on the Angus steak, which came with a delicious red wine sauce and mashed potatoes. I definitely ordered my steak medium done, but it felt like medium-well; the mashed potatoes were decent - I've definitely had better - but they needed salt.

Angus Steak at Lala's Argentine Grill

All in all, it was a good night at Lala's Argentine Grill. The pricing is reasonable, and the crowd is young - mainly 20s and 30s. Really easy to find the place, even if you aren't a Valley native, and the $3.50 for valet is practically a deal by itself compared to $10 you'll spend in an average Hollywood joint. Personally, my biggest complaint was the tight spacing inside. It was literally just a little bigger than some of those $1 Chinese food hole-in-the-walls, but I'm sure when it's not as crowded during the week, it's probably unnoticeable. Good place for a relatively inexpensive date.

And I'll leave you with the obligatory video of the inside of this place. Yes, I know it's dark, but didn't I already mention that above???