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Best choices at Ca'Brea?

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

    1. 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. 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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        1. re: Servorg

          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... )

          1. re: ChinoWayne

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

        2. I really like their boneless chicken in a mustard sauce.

          1. 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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            1. re: Dornfelder

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

              1. re: yinyangdi

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