Finally bit the bullet - restaurant at Kellogg ranch at the Hotel school (collins school) Cal Poly Pomona
OK. have been to the restaurant at the culinary school in pasadena, 561 green is it? It's really good and reasonable.
But i was in the Walnut /Covina area the other day ( Taking pictures of the ume/meihua/flowering plum trees at Schabarum park) and decided that I wasn't going to go to Malan as i usually do when that close ot hacienda heights. We got in the car and drove out to Cal Poly Pomona.
Cal Poly has a hospitality school - (hotel resto management etc) called the Collins school. They run a small hotel and conference center there as well as a restaurant.
THe restaurant was pretty great.
The decor was modern.Great design on the building with views overlooking a canyon and another hlll in the distance. Blond wood chairs, nice tableware etc.
Now for the food. At dinner (not there for that) $35 prix fixe, with wine pairing recommendations, beer and wine available. Lunch was our mission.
My friend had a wild mushroom ravioli $11 - BIG portion, we thought. I had the $12 sand dabs - no skimping on the butter, came with almandine green beans (not classic haricots verts but good), enough capers to keep me happy. One has the option of adding soup (was a bean soup yesterday) or a small cesar (ok caesar but really, cardini no a) salad for $2, or splurge for $3 and get either the house salad (had grapefruit wedges and candied walnuts) or the "Prize winning" chili - a note on the chili,every year, the 1st year students have a chili cookoff as part of a class - whichever chili wins the cookoff is put on the menu for the next year as the prize. I Liked the idea - i also liked the chili.
Selection of 5 desserts> I took the orange creme brulee with bits of poached pear in the custard. Enjoyed it.
Total for 2 - $40. (had a very good Oregon black lager, Session I think with the meal).
Surprised how good it was, how pleasant the room and if i were in the area, would definitely go back. Certainly worth a stop if it fits into a trip, say the drive to Vegas or Palm Springs or Joshua Tree or some such.
btw - although most desserts include ice cream, the ice cream is Dr Bob's, which is fine. BUT I did suggest that given they have dairy cattle on campus ( or so I thought) it would be nice if they made their own in-house, or at least bought from their sister campus which is famous for its ice cream -
info on the creamery at http://www.calpolycheese.com/