I was celebrating my law school graduation last night and spent a lovely evening at Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills. I originally selected The Grill because my parents hate scenes and “fancy” food, but really enjoin a great piece of meat or fish. The Grill fit the bill perfectly.
The service was professional, friendly and attentive. The Caesar salad had a great, fresh anchovy flavor and perfectly crunchy but not overly hard croutons. The side salad was also excellent.
I had the filet and mashed potatoes and I was in heaven. I’ve had better steaks (Cut) but for the price of about $38 (which includes one side) it was amazing. It was perfectly cooked to medium rare, with a wonderful crust. I really enjoy the crunchy onions that give just a hint of additional flavor without overpowering the steak. The bordelaise sauce was mediocre, at best, though that’s forgivable because the steak’s flavor was more than enough.
The halibut filet was excellent, and the pan friend John Dory was good as well. The portions were incredibly large, so desert was out. We did enjoy a wonderful Cabernet from the Alexander Valley though.
Overall, the Grill was exactly what I was hoping for. I wouldn’t expect some transcendent experience, but it was solid, American food cooked perfectly in a classic environment.