Beef Wellington in the Ventura County Area?!
- Raytors13 Mar 24, 2009 12:18 PM
I live in Simi Valley. I've recently became a fan of the t.v. show Hell's Kitchen. One dish that has caught my attention and would love to try is Beef Wellington. I've googled and searched the internet, because my knowledge of dining is very limited. I apologize if there is a posting for this already. I have looked and every posting that I've found was from 2007. I saw that the Crown & Anchor (a pub in T.O.) was mentioned, but I had called them and was told that they do not serve that for dinner. So here I am asking for any suggestions on where to find a Restaurant that serves Beef Wellington. Thank you!
Probably your closest bet is Fleming's Steakhouse in Woodland Hills. They do a Beef Wellington that they call Beef Flemington. You need to call them 24 hours in advance however as it is no longer a regular menu item (but they will prepare if for you on request).
I had the Beef Flemington at the Flemings in Newport Beach and I was seriously underwhelmed. My husband got the ribeye I believe, and I ate pretty much his whole dinner, boxed mine up and threw it away in the safety of my own home. Maybe it was an off night, but I do NOT recommend the wellington at Flemings, if you are going there and spending that $$$, do yourself a favor and get a straight steak, they did that very well but the wellington was a bust.
If you try Fleming's or elsewhere, Raytors13, please report back. I love Beef Wellington and have one at least every ten years. The only problem with a place that doesn't make this retro dish constantly is they may not be up to the tricky coordination that gets the pastry and the beef to complete cooking at the same time. Also, I'd check to see that they spread both a mushroom duxelle and foie gras (not chopped chicken liver) under the pastry. Please do explore and let everyone know what you find.
The great exponent of Beef Wellington, of course, was Louis Szathmary in Chicago at The Bakery, which would have been a huge focus of conversation on chowhound in the Seventies, if punch-tape input weren't so clumsy. I just checked the Chicago board and was shocked to see almost no discussion of the dish that once ruled that mighty city (kind of like not finding tea-oil foam in Los Angeles circa 2039, but that's too ridiculous even to contemplate). My thought was you might look up the couple of remaining places there that still have Wellington and ask if they know of California colleagues that serve it.
Good luck, and keep us posted!
I know it's not exactly Ventura, but I figured I'd mention it anyway. I noticed Beef Wellington is on the dinner menu at Le Petit Chateau on Lankershim in N. Hollywood. I haven't tried it so I can't speak to the quality, but please report back if you do.
Le Petit Chateau Restaurant
4615 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91602
Most restaurants that serve beef Wellington do it as a occasional special, as it's a bit involved to serve on a daily basis. I've ordered it a couple of times where they make it as individually wrapped servings, kind of like a ludicrously overpriced beef pasty. That ain't beef Wellington.
It's been at least fifteen years since I've had it at Le Petit Chateau, but it was very good ... and it's the only place I've ever been to that has it on its regular dinner menu.
Not in Ventura, but the only place I've seen it on a menu is at the Magic Castle. Pretty good, too.
Beef Wellington - An English (?) Dish - Is available at the following English establishments (non of which are close to Simi Valley though):
Sir Winston's - Long Beach
Tha Whale & Ale - San Pedro
The Olde Ship - Orange County (Saturday Nights Only, Every Sat. Night ?):
Does it really HAVE TO have Pate to be Beef Wellington ?
Ham instead of pâté de foie gras? No wonder Gordon Ramsay had to sneak out of town under cover of night.
Thanks for the list, JBC. I can't imagine a better place in Southern California to have this dish than the Queen Mary. Their description of Sir Winston's Wellington -- foie gras, prime beef -- and the fact that they serve it every night (as a "Signature Entree") are very promising. I may need to rent a tux and grow Seventies sideburns!
1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
Gordo's wrong -- it must have pâté:
Sir Winston's is wrong -- phyllo is not the same as puff pastry.
Whale and Ale has the puff pastry and sauce périgourdine right, but they describe the cut of meat as filet mignon, which could be interpreted as a slice of the tenderloin -- or it could mean they're using tenderloin steaks and cutting corners doing it "individual" style.
And The Olde Ship website punts by not describing how they make it.
ADDENDUM: I just looked at the Le Petit Chateau website, and I see that they also describe the cut as "filet mignon". And I remember that they make it using the entire tenderloin, so maybe I'm being unfair to Whale and Ale.
Le Petit Chateau serves individual portions, Max. I imagine that they really need to do it that way due to the variable preferences of the diners who are apt to ask for it from well done to rare, and everything in between.
Pate is an absolute necessity, so, while I have my doubts about Flemings - their location to Simi Valley may make it worth the OP's time and money to give it a try. Some day we are going to make it down to the QM and give that one a try.