I'll admit that I have a bit of history with the old restaurant occupying the space, a place simply named 2087. And like all good food does, those memories got triggered, giving me a surprise dinner companion in the form of My Former Self.
No matter. The peppercorn steak was prepared pretty well, certainly one of the better ones I've had, but for me star of the show was the side dish I ordered: the sweet potato fries. The interior was perfectly cooked through to wonderful softness, but the breading had great seasoning and texture. I even closed out with a passable blood orange sorbet that probably would triggered a better reaction from me had I not been a frequent visitor of Milk on Beverly.
And I know that Thousand Oaks is obviously going to be different staff than that in LA or OC, but the steak just didn't taste quite right in my mind, and I can't imagine that a change of venue will affect the recipe and experience *that* much. It's things like the seasoning level of the meat, the doneness (I refuse to adjust my request to medium just because they always give me a medium rare slice that's more on the rare side), and also how the meat is trimmed in terms of fat (some) and silver (none) that should be left on. Hey, if people can be sticklers about their pizzas and their delicatessens, I reserve the right to do the same for my high-end steakhouses!
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