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Best choices at Ca'Brea?

dineomatic Jan 8, 2013 03:42 PM

Will be going to Ca'Brea for a friend's dinner party this month. I heard the food was mediocre. Any suggestions on what to order?

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    silverlakebodhisattva RE: dineomatic Jan 8, 2013 05:03 PM

    Been a couple of years since I was there, but their duck was pretty darn good, last time.

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      carter RE: dineomatic Jan 8, 2013 07:59 PM

      My god, is the place still open?
      I know it sold at least once since I was there, but that was also at least 10 years ago.

      1. Servorg RE: dineomatic Jan 8, 2013 08:17 PM

        We went once and, while I liked the food, I wouldn't rush back with so many other great places to select from in LA. I do recall my wife having the filet and being pleased. I had one of the pasta dishes, but can't recall which one. I saw the seafood pasta go by after I got my food and it looked pretty damn good, but that is not the same as tasting it.

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          ChinoWayne RE: Servorg Jan 8, 2013 11:10 PM

          I think this joint was featured on one of the hidden camera shows recently. (The contracted parking valet was a thief http://www.foodnetwork.com/mystery-di... )

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            Servorg RE: ChinoWayne Jan 9, 2013 06:02 AM

            Was this before he opened up his Jiffy Lube franchise or after, if you know? ;-D>

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          Adamlick RE: dineomatic Jan 9, 2013 12:37 PM

          I really like their boneless chicken in a mustard sauce.

          1. Dornfelder RE: dineomatic Jan 9, 2013 02:15 PM

            My husband went to Ca'Brea for numerous business dinners a decade or more ago. Nearly 20 years ago,when I was invited to one of those events -- a rare "bring your spouses" event -- we ordered the mushroom risotto, and were really glad we did.

            Two decades later, we still haven't found mushroom risotto in OC that equals Ca'Brea's dish.

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              yinyangdi RE: Dornfelder Jan 10, 2013 06:31 PM

              I think the chef who opened Colori Kitchen downtown is the chef that gave Ca'Brea its (formerly) good reputation.

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                Dornfelder RE: yinyangdi Jan 11, 2013 01:27 PM

                That key personnel change likely explains the fare's variability. Thanks for the info, yin.

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