The Winery Restaurant in Tustin...a very good spot!
We were pleasantly surprised by a really quite excellent dinner last evening at The Winery Restaurant in Tustin. There is nothing spectacular about this restaurant, but everything...food, service and ambiance were all first rate. We were greeted warmly, seated at a comfortable table, and immediately attended to by a very pleasant and competent server. The cocktails were great. Warm and good bread were immediately served.
We split a caesar salad which was excellent. I had an absolutely delicious flat iron steak...perfectly prepared, lean, tender and obviously first-rate meat. Most of the beef comes from Brandt Farms which is the purveyor for Dean & Deluca...clearly a superb product. I had a baked potato side which was good. My companion had halibut which was served with four delicious shrimp and a nice assortment of vegetables. We shared a very good cheesecake for dessert.
We brought an excellent Oregon pinot noir from home. This was decanted for us without having to ask that this be done.
Our table was visited a few times by senior staff to make sure everything was fine...it was! This is definitely a place we'll return to!
It's a pre fixe menu:
Santa Barbara heirloom tomato with fresh burrata mozzarella, arugula, garlic croutons and aged balsamic
The popular Colorado buffalo carpaccio, black-pepper crusted with a sherry vinegar-truffle vinaigrette and crispy Parmesan straw
Maine lobster and shrimp ravioli with wilted greens, lemon verbena and Alsatian Gewurztraminer butter
Organic Turner New Zealand lamb chop and all-natural Angus beef tenderloin with mixed grilled organic vegetables and Cabernet essence
The Winery cheesecake with zinfandel reduction and mixed-berry coulis
I'll see what my writing skills can do with it tomorrow.
It was $99 for two........ what they said was a $205 value. The dinner was REALLY very good. When we got there we realized they had added a $39 per person wine pairing (1/2 glass for each of four courses). I'd brought my own bottle with me but decided on their pairing because it was four different wines vs my one. Good decision. I'll post more detail about the meal tomorrow but, sadly, William Lewis (one of the owners) told us they don't think they'll be offering it again next year. Business must be getting better.