An October 2005 trip
to Cerritos by Ally
Quote: Cerritos exemplifies Southern California family living with it's multicultural denizens, ethnic restaurants and neighborhoods, and quiet suburban feel.
Besides food, there is a very nice, relatively new Cerritos Performing Arts Center. I feel like it is the best cultural center in this part of LA County because they book many famous names, like Johnny Mathis, as well as offer audiences to see famous shows like the Merry Widow and Romeo and Juliet.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 12, 2001
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2001
How was it? In short, very nicely Thai. The ice tea was just right - not too bitter, not too sweet, and ice cold. Although tasty, the papaya salad is only for those who really love spicy food. Curried chicken was excellent, and spicy as well, just like Thai food is supposed to be! And last, but most definitely not least, the Phad Thai noodles were DELICIOUS! My friends and I loved them and virtually licked the plate clean. It is an added bonus that the prices are very reasonable - $35/for three of us, including tax & tip, AND, they have take-out.
By the time we were getting ready to go, it seemed as though the restaurant was waiting for us to leave to get the party started! While we were enjoying our food, many more customers had come in and sat down for a relatively late dinner. The place was nearly full. One huge party was going on as well. Disco lights came on and a live singer began doing her thing on a small stage in one corner of the restaurant. Quite a transformation from a quiet, charming little restaurant into a happening party scene. I was surprised that they’re open until 2AM on Fridays/Saturdays, but that’s good news for me when I want a late night snack!
My family and I have been dining at Cafe Camellia over the past 10 years now, celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, and graduations. Not strictly French, it is more a French-Asian restaurant, and is owned by a Chinese couple who have also opened up two other restaurants nearby. Although I've tried the other two, this one remains our favorite for the food and open atmosphere. One word of advice: just ignore the large pictures of animals that stare at you while eating. The delicous food will distract you.
To start, their soups are always, and I mean always excellent (and I'm not usually a soup-person). Unless you are dying for uncooked greens (and yes, their salads are very fresh and delicious too), opt for the soup. They change seasonally, from carrot to cauliflower to my favorite - butternut squash. In the summer, they often offer a chilled soup, since it does get pretty hot outside. Also notable: the salmon w/potato cake appetizer is tasty, though you may not want to order it if you're watching your sodium intake.
Sorry, I'm not a wine connoisseur, but the restaurant does have a nice assortment of them. . .
The entrees at Cafe Camellia range from duck and lamb to pasta, to fresh seafood. They have nightly specials as well - my last visit, just a few weeks ago, I had their special curried Mahi-mahi. It was REALLY good. No fishy taste, light, flaky - nothing to complain about and my plate was clean. Most of their entrees are served with the house specialty - scalloped potatoes, and seasonal vegetables to round out the meal.
Last, and certainly not least, the desserts: go for the creme brulee. If you don't like creme brulee, there are several other good ones to choose from. I had a nice, light, cakey (versus the traditional biscuity) strawberry shortcake once, and there is usually a pretty nice chocolate cake as well.
CC is the perfect restaurant for good food without the without the high prices, snootiness and overcrowding of the more popular/famous/trendy restaurants in LA.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2001
Honey Bakery deserves special notice as it bakes the most delectable Croissant Bread that I haven't been able to find anywhere else. For those who love carbs or Hawaiian bread, this is for you! Sweet, slightly layered bread that tastes like croissants but is a little less greasy and much more versatile. The loaf comes whole, but you can get it sliced when you purchase it.
Best way to eat it is to toast it and spread on the Nutella. I've also just been eating it plain, as an accompaniment to soup.
Nothing else in the bakery is really noteworthy, just this bread! There are individual and whole cakes available as well as some Chinese custards, but I've had much better. Seriously, the bread is worth a trip though! I'm thinking of making chocolate bread pudding with my next loaf. . .
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2001
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