For a small reunion with a couple of fellow wolverines, I headed to AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar right by Koreatown on Saturday night. We had made reservations for 8:30, and it was a good thing we did because the place was packed when we got there.
The food, wine and ambiance are really awesome. I tried a chocolate wine ($10) for the first time, despite having heard not-so-great things about it (chocolate wine in general, not Ayza's particularly), and I was so pleasantly surprised as I could actually taste the chocolate. The aroma was incredibly intoxicating — it smelled like dark chocolate raspberry — and the sweet hint of chocolate worked very well with the bitterness of a classic red wine.
Moscato D'Asti, Muscat and chocolate wine
Cheesecake and dark chocolate fondue
The desserts we got were also great: The dark chocolate fondue ($10) was fun and came with a decent spread of dippings, and the cheesecake ($8 — highly recommended) was deliciously rich and smooth.
The only down side of this place was that the service was super slow, although our server was very friendly, and the portions were quite small compared to the prices, especially with the wine.
Nonetheless, this is a great place for a date (really great date spot, actually; it's very romantic) and/or catching up, and chatting up a storm, with friends as we did.