I have been eating a lot lately at the Chateau Marmont (biz dinners) so I figured I'd write a bit about it. I'm actually quite impressed by the food, service and prices; I'd always thought it would be overpriced, overrated, snooty, etc.
One of my favorite apps/salads is their Poached Shrimp Salad. The butter lettuce comes with three HUGE shrimp, perfectly cooked, and a light, tangy dressing that resembles Thousand Island (I know, sounds weird but it's really good) without any relish. It's a thinner, lighter dressing with some crispy onions thrown in. The salad is also served with some avocado slices and spicy cashews. If you can manage to get some avo, cashews, lettuce, shrimp and dressing in one bite, it really is the perfect bite!
Another favorite appetizer is their braised oxtail ravioli. The serving size is four, small ravioli so it's not too filling before dinner. I love this dish because the ravioli is packed with braised meat, not cheese. It's rich and tender, and served with some mushrooms (chantrells, I believe) and shaved parmesan. I could eat this and the salad for dinner and be perfectly happy.
I've tried their crispy risotto, which are basically deep fried risotto balls, and those are good too. But I've had them other places just as good. Their beet salad, served with the freshest mozarella I've probably ever had, is excellent.
As for the main dishes, I have had the chance to try out most of them. The spaghetti bolognase is so-so...it's filling and okay but nothing special. The lentil soup is the one thing there that I did not like at all - too bland and served with some weird spring rolls inside the soup (why do they do this??). However, their chicken with mashed pots and broccolini is excellent, and believe me it's hard to impress me with chicken. It is served with a truffle sauce that is beautifully flavored, and the chicken is always succulent and juicy. Another favorite is the steak and frijtz, always amazing. The fries are crispy and light, and the sauce on the steak compliments both the fries and steak. It's kind of a brown sauce with a hint of horseradish. My friend had the braised lamb shank the other night (comes with a mustard spatzel) and that, too, was perfect. Meat fell right off the bone, delightful.
I have also tasted the roasted lobster tail, which they drizzel with butter and salt, I believe. It really lets the rich flavor of the lobster come through.
All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed the dinners I've had at the Chateau, and the service could not be better. And, the prices are not THAT ridiculous. You can easily get two apps, two dinners, one dessert and a bottle of decent wine and get out of there for around $220. No, not what you'd spend every day but good for a special occasion. And I can honestly say that you will never have to wait for service or ask your waiter twice for something you need.
Anyway, thought I'd share since I don't see much about it here on the board. Please excuse my spelling mistakes - I'm laid up with a pinched nerve and typing this laying down!
OH, reservations are absolutely necessary two weeks in advance in most cases, FYI.
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