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Kate Mantelini's - Woodland HIlls


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Kate Mantelini's - Woodland HIlls

LesThePress | May 18, 2004 10:52 AM

As previously reported I had heard many negative reports about Kate Mantelini’s from bad food to excessively high prices. I went there last April for a dinner meeting and was pleasantly surprised at how good the food was as I reported on this board on April 22. Also, since it was a business dinner I didn’t have to pay so I couldn’t really comment on the prices.

We went to KM’s Woodland Hills location (formerly Houston’s) to give another trial in a more normal setting.

The restaurant is the same inside as when it was Houston’s, nice big booths with a warm ‘steak house’ atmosphere. We were early (6:00pm) and it was not busy at all. By the time we left many booths were now occupied.

Server appeared after a few moments and offered to open our wine (corkage $7.50). We ordered the Asparagus Dijonaise ($7.50). Bread and butter (whipped, ugh!) arrived shortly and we enjoyed our wine until the Asparagus arrived. Yummy grilled large Asparagus with wonderful mustard dipping sauce.

The waitress was very friendly and was well versed in the menu items and answered all of our questions adequately. She really helped us with our choices.

I had the Iceberg Wedge with Blue Cheese ($6). A very large piece of iceberg lettuce came with a smallish cup of dressing. But what a dressing! Thick, very cheesy Roquefort taste, which turned out to be a sufficient quantity.

My wife had the Greek Salad ($12) with added grilled chicken ($4). I ordered the filet mignon ($28) charred medium-rare. My wife enjoyed her salad, which was a large entrée portion.

My filet was a nice size, not large but definitely large enough. Saving calories for desert I had the green beans as a side, not exciting at all. The steak, however, was exceptional. It was cooked a little rarer than medium-rare which was fine with me. If I ordered it rare and it was cooked for any shorter time it would have been too rare for me, but as it came, it was perfect. It was most definitely one of the best steaks I’ve ever had! It was very tender, juicy and very tasty, with a little hint of Oak. It was so good I did not use the mustard dipping sauce served with it. While it was big enough, I could have eaten more!

For desert we had the chocolate pecan pie (7.50) and baby hot fudge Sunday with candied walnuts ($5). Both were excellent, as was the decaf coffee ($2).

The total bill was $88.22 and since I was so pleased with our server I left a $20 tip, so $108 for the two of us. Definitely not cheap, but, if you read my review of Michael’s yesterday a much more enjoyable and delicious meal and much cheaper.

So to you detractors of Kate Mantelini’s, I really don’t understand your objections. I’ve been twice now and thoroughly enjoyed both meals. Yes, it is not cheap, but for the quality I feel it’s worth the price. I don’t feel so badly that it replaced Houston’s.

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