OK. have been to the restaurant at the culinary school in pasadena, 561 green is it? It's really good and reasonable.
But i was in the Walnut /Covina area the other day ( Taking pictures of the ume/meihua/flowering plum trees at Schabarum park) and decided that I wasn't going to go to Malan as i usually do when that close ot hacienda heights. We got in the car and drove out to Cal Poly Pomona.
Cal Poly has a hospitality school - (hotel resto management etc) called the Collins school. They run a small hotel and conference center there as well as a restaurant.
THe restaurant was pretty great.
The decor was modern.Great design on the building with views overlooking a canyon and another hlll in the distance. Blond wood chairs, nice tableware etc.
Now for the food. At dinner (not there for that) $35 prix fixe, with wine pairing recommendations, beer and wine available. Lunch was our mission.
My friend had a wild mushroom ravioli $11 - BIG portion, we thought. I had the $12 sand dabs - no skimping on the butter, came with almandine green beans (not classic haricots verts but good), enough capers to keep me happy. One has the option of adding soup (was a bean soup yesterday) or a small cesar (ok caesar but really, cardini no a) salad for $2, or splurge for $3 and get either the house salad (had grapefruit wedges and candied walnuts) or the "Prize winning" chili - a note on the chili,every year, the 1st year students have a chili cookoff as part of a class - whichever chili wins the cookoff is put on the menu for the next year as the prize. I Liked the idea - i also liked the chili.
Selection of 5 desserts> I took the orange creme brulee with bits of poached pear in the custard. Enjoyed it.
Total for 2 - $40. (had a very good Oregon black lager, Session I think with the meal).
Surprised how good it was, how pleasant the room and if i were in the area, would definitely go back. Certainly worth a stop if it fits into a trip, say the drive to Vegas or Palm Springs or Joshua Tree or some such.
btw - although most desserts include ice cream, the ice cream is Dr Bob's, which is fine. BUT I did suggest that given they have dairy cattle on campus ( or so I thought) it would be nice if they made their own in-house, or at least bought from their sister campus which is famous for its ice cream -
info on the creamery at http://www.calpolycheese.com/