the Dal Rae Restaurant in Pico Rivera
- Baron Aug 15, 2009 07:12 AM
Does anyone have a review of this restaurant. I've been wanting to try this place for years but have never gotten around to it. It's supposed to feature classic dishes from the 50's. I'm wondering about the quality of their seafood and their food in general. If you've been recently, please share.
Well worth trying. I went with some friends last Valentine's day... a mistake, of course, it was insane. But we still had a great time. The atmosphere, the drinks, the food - all what you'd expect and want from the era. We tried a number of the classics: Oysters Rockefeller, tableside Caesar, Lobster Thermidor, Pepper Steak. All were quite good, though for me, the pepper steak was too heavy on the green bell pepper, but I am not a huge fan of green pepper as the main flavor in anything. Give it a try - and go early so you can have a cocktail at the piano bar, which is a huge bar in the shape of a piano, it's a kick. (They have a large regular bar as well).
We have been to Dal Rae once. Never again! The service was extremely showy and pretentious, but without substance. My filet mignon was not medium rare, as ordered, but solid medium. My companion had the spaghetti, which was drenched with a medicinal-tasting red sauce. As we expected, the check came to a sizable amount and was not worth it.
While this restaurant in no way tries to be a cutting-edge place, it also isn't old school fifties. For the fifties equivalent of these prices, one would have expected quiet, competent service, a filet as ordered, and a good plate of spaghetti.
Save some money and go someplace like Phlight in Whittier, where the food is innovative and the service is great.
We just went there for lunch yesterday. It was our first time having lunch there as we usually make it a dinner destination. I have never had a bad meal there. The service is always first class and you are made to feel comfortable and important. We had a lunch special which includes an appetizer, entree and desert for $22. May sound high for lunch but we usually make that our main meal for the day so it was fine price wise. I had the calamari appetizer which I thoroughly enjoyed. It included the body and tenticles dipped in a light batter and fried. It was served with a marinara dipping sauce and a creamy lemon sauce. Way too much for just one person but very tasty. For my entree, I had the filet (forgot the french name for two small pieces) with a poivre sauce. The meat was cooked perfectly medium rare and was soooo tender. It was served with a small portion of perfectly mashed potatoes and some haricot vert with almonds. The bread is incredible. I also had the creme brulee for desert. It was as good as any I've ever had. My hubby had a crab cake that was very good and for his entree, a chicken cooked "under brick" which he thought had an excellent flavor and tenderness and for desert a scoop of vanilla in a lacy cookie with a chocolate coating. He enjoyed it all. If you want to try this restaurant but don't want to spend a fortune without knowing if it will be your cup of tea, they have an anniversary special in September, the 15th 16th, 17th and 18th. They have prime rib, salmon and I believe white fish on their menu for $19.99. We go every year and believe me, for the price, the prime rib can't be beat. The salmon is also very good. It all depends on ones taste I guess but we're not pure foodies. We just enjoy a good tasty meal with the old things we're familiar with.