Last night I was taken to Odyssey Restaurant in Granada Hills for Valentines and I loved it.
I was reluctant to go out to eat on such a popular night, but I was pleasantly surprised by this place. It had nice atmosphere, good food, leisurely pace, and wasn't price gouging for the holiday.
It is up on a hill so you can see the San Fernando Valley all lit up at night. They have a big piece of property with lots of trees surrounding the parking lot which have small white lights in them. There are several rooms that they have functions in, there was one going on last night.
We were fortunate enough to sit by the window and had a nice view. There was also people sitting out on the patio which looked like it only had one fire pit, I hope everyone was dressed warm.
Because it was a holiday, dinner was a four course meal, you had your choice between four appetizers, either soup or salad, a choice of entree, and choice of dessert.
Appetizer choices - shrimp cocktail, crab stuffed mushrooms, chicken tenders with some kind of an orange sauce, grilled asparagus with proscuitto and cheese fondue. I opted for the asparagus, which was delicious, nice warm cheese sauce, but not overpowering, 5 or 6 nice thin asparagus spears with 2 slices of proscuitto wrapped around it, served on a bed of bibb lettuce. My date opted for the shrimp, 5 large pieces of shrimp sitting on a bed of baby spinach with a ramekin of cocktail sauce and horseradish. The shrimp were butterflied. We were both very happy.
Soup/Salad - choice of tomato bisque or bibb lettuce with grapefruit and orange sections with candied walnuts and raspberry vinagrette. We both opted for the salad, very nicely done, no wilting lettuce here (pet peeve of mine)
Entree choices -came with choice of potato and fresh steamed vegetables which were wax beans and broccoli rabe. Entrees were Prime rib, NY Sirloin, Filet Mignon, Chicken primavera with field mushrooms, halibut entree, salmon entree, australian lobster tails, seafood assorment (mussles, shrimp, scallops, etc), Roasted duck with tequila sauce, I think there were a few more seafood entrees, menu was heavy on seafood. I got prime rib with garlic mashed potatoes, excellent piece of prime rib, potatoes were not overly garlicky and were piped onto the plate in a decorative design. My date got the NY. He asked for it medium, and received a piece that was almost raw, waitress said no problem, she'd get him a new one, there was a replacement in less than a minute, a brand new entree. He said it was good. The veggies were nice, except the broccoli rabe had a bizzarre seafood taste.
Dessert - you had a choice of either twin chocolate hearts to share or something from the dessert tray: napoleon, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate mousse box, fresh fruit tart. The waitress was a little rushed, and we couldn't make up our minds, so she suggested the chocolate hearts and chocolate strawberries. The dipped strawberries didn't have alot of flavor, but the oversized long stem ones never do, good quality chocolate was used. The chocolate hearts were cute, there was a dark chocolate one with writing on it that said I love you, and a white chocolate box with red hearts on it. The white one had cake with raspberry filling inside, the chocolate one had chocolate mouse, plus there was mango sauce on the plate and slivers of strawberries. Only complaint was a dollop of cool whip sitting between them, other than that, they were delicious.
Nice extras included a long stemmed red rose for me, and a little valentine cellophane of hershey kisses and chocolate hearts for my date.
Service was not rushed, looked like they didn't have enough waitresses. Plenty of people refilling water, removing plates, etc. though. We spent over 2 hours at dinner which was nice, I had images of being hustled out quickly in order to accomodate the next party.
I would definitely go back, during the week for lunch it looks like they have a themed buffet (italian, mexican, american etc.) Didn't get a look at a regular dinner menu. Prices ranged from $29 for the chicken to $59 for twin lobster tails with some other seafood, most entrees were around the $30-$35 mark. Definitely an enjoyable experience.
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