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Marina del Rey, California
November 11, 2008
From journal Winter Holidays in Marina del Rey
by wanderer 2005
February 8, 2005
Sunday champagne brunch is all the rage here. The price is $28.95, but if you arrive and are seated before 9:30am, the price is $5 off. The buffet has a carving station, pasta station, dessert station, fresh made omelettes and waffles, hot and cold seafood, imported cheeses and your basic breakfast food like bacon and eggs.
We had lunch this particular Monday afternoon and decided to sit on the patio, despite the cloudiness outside. The service leaves a lot to be desired, but the food is pretty good. I was in the mood for crablegs, but that was not on the menu today. We opted for three appetizers of crab-stuffed mushrooms, steamed clams and a dish called crab rangoon, which are basically crab puffs. I had the beefsteak salad that had medium-rare steak, sliced on top of greens with beefsteak tomatoes and a big hunk of blue cheese, topped with a balsamic, barbeque dressing. The stuffed shrooms were just okay. A little on the dry side…not enough butter. The clams were good and the crab puffs were okay. I thought the puffs were a little over cooked. My salad was wonderful, though. My only complaint was that it was supposed to be topped with their excellent, homemade croutons, but I didn’t see even one. I never saw my waiter again, either, to ask for some.
The experience could have been better if it wasn’t so chilly outside, and our server was around more often. I know this place has good food, but perhaps this was an off day. One of my favorite things is the basket of bread they give you when you sit down that comes with butter and a small lump of pesto. YUM!
There was also an episode of the MTV show, Punk’d, filmed here.
The restaurant offers an early bird special Monday thru Friday and they also cater a lot of weddings and have facilities for private parties.
From journal Movie Stars and Rock Stars