The Rainbow is my favored hangout, but . . .
. . . let it suffice to say it's not nearly as appreciated by Nurse Ratchet. Too racy for her. Great kitchen but wild atmosphere, disagreeable to those with refined tastes.
Knowing her likely disapproval of the Rainbow for Valentine's, I made a reservation at a Santa Monica standout instead.
Tuna carppacio and caprese appetizers . . .
. . . were shared. She ordered lamb medallions with arugula . . .
. . . while I ordered my usual, the branzino . . .
. . . in lemon sauce, which is almost always what I end up with. La Vecchia has a wide range of options, but their sea bass is so delicious it's become a point of reference for fish preparation.