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Cafe Key Largo - new in Long Beach

LBQT | Nov 11, 200411:26 PM

Had a very nice, if not stellar, dining experience at the newly opened Care Key Largo in Long Beach. Three of us shared the special of the day, scallops in a beurre blanc over rice with fresh peas; beef bourguignon; and an African chicken dish (African Ntanga chicken). The chicken was the winner. Apparently a recipe from the Belgian chef's mother, it was well seasoned, in a tasty peanut sauce, garnished with fried plaintains and slivers of what seemed to be spiced or pickled mango. Really unusual, and very good. The beef bourguignon was tasty, served over egg fettucine. Nice tender beef, not overwhelmed with sauce. The scallops were somewhat undercooked, and fairly bland. Bread was served with a selection of flavored butters: garlic, garlic/curry, red wine balsamic vinegarette, herb (mostly basil), and plain. We tried the dessert sampler: small tastes of a wonderful dark Belgian chocolate mousse, a light and very nicely vanilla flavored creme brulee, and thinly sliced many layered cake fingers (white cake and thin chocolate spread between, served with a dollop of whipped cream in the center of the plate. Presentations were beautiful. The chef and pastry chef (husband and wife) are Belgian trained, and both took the time to visit with us. There is a bar, and a beer and wine list, which I'll leave to other hounds to peruse. Service was gracious, warm, and perfect. Prices not bad - with tax and generous tip, we got out for $100 (3 entrees, 1 dessert, two non-alcoholic beverages). The room is bright and attractive. This place definitely is on the right track - it's on my "try again and work my way through the menu" list.

Cafe Key Largo
2751 E. Broadway
Long Beach
(562) 856-8000
dinner only

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