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Anyone on Malibu's newest restaurant Charlies?

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Anyone on Malibu's newest restaurant Charlies?

FoodKitCat | Feb 8, 2009 11:12 AM

We Malibu-ites are sorely missing our beloved Allegria sold recently to become Charlies. It just opened last week and I wandered in. Kinda swanky for the "Bu, but the regular folk with their gaggles of tow head blonde kids keep it real. Gorgeous menu, nice wine list (that includes all the local vineywards of course). I ordered the beef carpaccio with argula and parm. Nice, beautiful meat, crisp fresh arugala,but it fell a little flat without lemon. Was excited about the T Bone steak with my choice (they offer about 5 sauces) of Stilton/Walnut sauce. The steak was lovely, charred to perfection, but was so massive, I could not eat it in 3 sittings. Maybe that's why it donned a $46 price tag (ouch!). The sauce was a terrible miss, in that it lacked even a bit of salty Stilton. Granted, I was comparing it to a shallot stilton sauce I'd had at Monti's in Santa Rosa the week prior; it was just bland to me. The Spaghetti Bolognese, however, was outstanding. Loved every al dente bite. The bleu cheese bread served with butter is a lovely touch. Apparently Charlie is a LA restauranteur who lives in the Bu who is trying her hand at doing business in this toughly seasonal little town. She's delightful and attentive. The modern chandelier in the dining room is gorgeous.

Anyone else been there yet? What did you think? What to eat on my next visit?

RIP Allegria. .....

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