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weekend report continued -- La Vie en Rose, Brea

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weekend report continued -- La Vie en Rose, Brea

janet of reno | Mar 14, 2006 11:27 AM

The owner of this place is a friend of our Saturday night host, so not sure if that made a difference in the service. We did feel very well treated. We arrived to find the private room reserved for us...it is very nice for a group of 15 or 20 (we were around 14), but I must admit I found myself wishing we had time to linger by the bar fireplace (with a real wood fire no less...in the OC!). (Like I said, I was cold all weekend...). The evening started on a great note when I was served one of the better martinis of my life. My friend likes blue cheese-stuffed olives in her martinis, and when she requested this relatively rare commodity they found some huge unstuffed olives, stuffed them with the cheese, and put three or four of them in each of our drinks....then put the rest of the martini displaced by them in a little pitcher on ice. Yum! The entrees look pricey at first (40 to 50) but when you realize that each includes a choice of starter and dessert it seems a lot more reasonable. Servings btw are HUGE, surprising for a French restaurant. Everyone raved about their food; I was a little less impressed. However, I was coming down with a little something, and I wonder if my tastebuds were dulled by that and by the huge martini. (It had been a long meeting; we felt like celebrating). BTW, we did have wine with both meals, but because I was always on the opposite end of the table from the host I have no idea what we were drinking or what the list contained....I just drank and enjoyed what was poured. A french red is all I can tell you in this case). Anyway, for my starter I had the endive and blue cheese salad. The cheese was wonderful, the endive almost tasteless to me. The soups all looked good, and I found myself regretting not having chosen one (especially given the cold weather!). For a main course I had the rack of lamb. The meat was tender and tasty, but a little overpowered by the rosemary rub. (IMO). The seafood dishes looked very good, btw, and received raves. I had a taste of my neighbor's lobster thermidor (a special) and it WAS delicious. I finished with the Grand Marnier Souffle. I enjoyed it, but found myself wishing I had chosen from the dessert cart instead. They have some beautiful desserts, including a mango tart that I found myself craving, but since you have to order the souffles ahead of time I was stuck. I think that they should show those desserts before the meal!! I usually don't like pastry carts because I'm not a big chocolate person and they seem to be overly stocked in that department...but this one is a work of art with a lot of fruit choices. Had I known.... Many of our group had the fresh berries with home-made ice cream...and that was justifiably popular. Our meal ended with a toast of a pink sparkling desert wine from the owner...I didn't catch the name but it was wonderful. Again, if you have a large group and want a nice upscale experience, this would be a good choice.

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