I must have been living under a rock for a few years because I had no idea that an old, outdated Santa Monica mall is now a fancy Santa Monica Place!
Mac ‘n’ Cheese: Gruyère, cheddar, goat, and blue cheeses, topped w/breadcrumbs
Brooklyner Salad: Smoked salmon, goat cheese, roasted tomatoes, red
onion, balsamic vinaigrette, mixed greens
I think I’m enjoying Dine LA Restaurant Week way too much this year. After overdosing on Brazilian-style, all you can eat meat feast at Fogo de Chao on Friday night with Kevin and his wonderful friends (and swearing off meat after suffering a major food hangover for the next two days), I found myself at the Palm Restaurant in West Hollywood today for my lunch date with friends Abbie and Sydne for some more meat! I guess it’s an absolute blessing that we human have the ability to forget.
Today’s lunch at this top-rated steakhouse was one of the best deals I’ve seen in a long time. I thought $45 for dinner at Fogo was amazing but this one was definitely up there as the best bang for the buck! For $25, we got a choice of salad, entrée, and dessert from a pretty impressive list of selections. Steaks at this place usually cost over $50 but we were able to experience all the goodness, and much more, for a fraction of the price. The portion may be smaller but it was still very satisfying!
Thank you, Dine LA!
First course: Mixed Green Salad
Second Course: I selected New York Steak Au Poivre. Abbie had Filet Mignon Medallions and Sydne had Nova Scotia Lobster BLT Sandwich.
We shared the sides: Creamed Spinach
String Beans and French Fries (picture on top)
Third Course: Flourless Chocolate Cake
Okay, no more meat for a while … unless I completely forget about it again …
Friday night dinner with Tiffany, Jesse, Shannon, and Kevin, at Musha in Santa Monica. TGIF!
(Clockwise from top left): Aburi Saba; Ponzu Duck; Kakuni; Spicy Tuna Dip.
Tofu French Fries; two kinds of sauces for the tofu; M.F.C. (Musha Fried Chicken); Ebimayo.
Musha’s Risotto; Aski; Black Sesame Ice Cream; Takotama.
This is the first meal Kevin and I enjoyed as husband and wife! YAY! After we turned in our paperwork at a court house, we headed over to Sawtelle Kitchen for a celebratory lunch.
It’s not that we particularly like Sawtelle Kitchen but it was the most convenient place for us to dine. This is one of those restaurants that I really, really want to love, but something always holds me back. I can never pin point what it is … but there’s something that’s just … off. But anyway, it was a celebratory lunch, and we went all out with wine (just me), appetizers (clams steamed in sake, pictured above), and more!
Sweet potato fries with plum mayonnaise. Cute idea but was pretty ordinary.
I had grilled pork chop, with garlic-chive ginger sauce. I wish the meat was cooked a little more rare.
Kevin ordered Six-hour braised lamb shank, demi-glace sauce. It was good but tasted a bit gamey.
I think I’m already starting to sound like a nagging wife so I’ll stop here. Good news is that lunch might have just been okay but the married life has been fantastic so far!
Great dinner with Saori at Bar Hayama on Sawtelle — thank you!
We both ordered Chef’s Special Bento Box, with miso soup, otsukemono, brown rice, assorted tempura (vegetables and shrimp), assorted sashimi, assorted sushi, skewered meats (beef, lamb, and chicken), salmon and mushroom dynamite, meatball wrapped in fried wonton, and berries for dessert.
Lovely space inside, although the outside fireplace is much more wicked.
LOVE the mug design.
Kings came out victorious tonight over Vancouver, in the first round of NHL playoffs. We are now leading the series 3-0! One more game, boys! Go Kings go! Pride. Passion. Power!