I’ve been planning outings here and there now that the little one is getting older and more active. So we decided to check out a new restaurant Au Fudge in Los Angeles. I had heard about the place a few months back and was eager to give it a try.
I compiled a list of the major points that I typically make note of whenever I visit some place new.
Location – West Hollywood ( on Melrose )
Parking – Street ( metered ) parking; $1.50/hr. There is Valet available, however, it appeared they only have Valet available in the evenings and probably on the weekends when parking is more in demand. We went during happy hour; school days 3pm-6pm and there was ample parking right across the street.
Ambience – From the moment we walked in, It felt very warm and welcoming.
Décor- BEAUTIFUL. simply BEAUTIFUL. I didn’t have a high powered DSLR camera with me, so the picture doesn’t quite do it justice. However, the view from our table was so pretty. I felt like we were in an enchanted forest and the only thing we were missing was our flower crowns made of baby’s breath.
Staff – Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. Our waitress and the Au Pair in the creative space took their time to explain everything in great detail ( since this being our first time here ) and ensuring that we had all we needed and were comfortable. They even alerted me when our food arrived at our table while we were busy playing inside the creative space.
Food – To be honest, it wasn’t anything to write home about. But I’m not saying it was bad, it was more of a *meh*. I chocked it up to being tantamount to taking the kiddos to chuck-e-cheese; where you don’t really go for the food. However, my mind was at ease knowing the food and all of its ingredients were prepared fresh, were organic and sustainably sourced and not pumped full of hormones, dyes and additives. Not to mention, the personalized Au Fudge plate ware was a nice touch.
Creative Space – $15/2 hours and $10/2 hours during happy hour. The only drawback is the space is more for children 18 months and older. I wouldn’t come here with very young children ( unless you have older children as well who could take advantage and enjoy the play area). There really isn’t sufficient amount of space for a stroller, so leave that in the car. On that note, the dining area doesn’t provide much room for one either, in my opinion. I would elect to bring the car seat only for very small babies. Side note: We went while it was not very busy, so we had plenty of space, I am speaking in terms of if you were planning to come on or during a busier day/time.
Restrooms – I know this may sound a bit weird to mention the restrooms in a review. However, I couldn’t leave it out simply due to the fact that it was planned out with such care and I was pleasantly surprised that the Baby Changing area was extremely well stocked with all of the essentials and must haves. And when I say well stocked, I mean with complimentary Honest Company Baby Products. Yep, that included Honest Diapers, Honest Baby wipes, Honest Baby Power, Honest Soothing Bottom Wash, Honest Hand Lotion, and Honest Hand Sanitizer. I was in awe. I could tell a lot of thought went into the planning for their customers ( especially those with little ones who have yet to be potty trained. )
The Marketplace – Be sure to bring your pocket book. Majority of the items here come with a price tag that rivals a high end toy store.
Dessert – We didn’t order anything from the actual dessert menu, however they offer some yummy dessert options inside of the small bakery that is located directly within the marketplace. They had a few vegan options as well.
Our trip was made complete by serendipitously meeting Jessica Biel and her son Silas. Jess as she introduced herself while she shook my hand, is one of the co-owners of Au Fudge and was just casually hanging out in the creative space with Justin’s mom and her dad and baby Silas. It was one of the rare moments of ” umm… okay, so that happened.” I was so excited, yet wasn’t trying to come across as a weirdo, lol. But I’ve been such a huge fan of her and Justin’s ( since the NSYNC days 🙂 ) It was just so wonderful to bump into someone you practically grew up with watching on TV and in Film and to see they are just human like you and I, as well as a mommy.
Overall, our visit to Au Fudge was hands down amazing. I left super excited to look up their activity calendar online to see which classes we could come back and attend. I was recommended the Toddler French Music Class.
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