My family doesn't go out for many expensive meals and they're fussy eaters so when they find a place they trust they stick with it. For the last few years the USC has been that place. I was worried about the recent posts about it going downhill. I decided to check them out on Mother's Day. Usually a challenge for even the most seasoned upscale restaurant. The meal ended up being even better than I expected.
The staff couldn't have been more gracious. My parents showed up an embarassing 45 minutes late and they were extremely understanding about it. The server was knowledgeable and friendly but never intruded upon our meal as well.
My starter of silky Niman Ranch beef carpacio was nicely contrasted by the creamy celery root remoulade. The wasabi tuna burger is unexciting but an old favorite of mine. It was barely cooked as requested and the accompanying slaw is given much depth from a heavy hit of cumin. The retro in spirit malt pudding for dessert came presented in mod fashion accompanied by two stacked devil's food cake sandwiches. It was one of the best chocolate based desserts I've had in ages. Other hits from around the table included perfectly fried calamari with a spicy anchovie mayonaise dip, polenta with a robust cheese that I don't recall the name of and walnuts, and a nicely done roast chicken.
Based on this one meal it looks like the place is still running on all cylinders.
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