It was my brother's birthday and my parents' anniversary this week so I figured I'd wrap it up cleanly by buying dinner.
I took my family out to Luna Park last night after I called Jar and found out they're closed for renovations. I've been to Luna Park before and was happy with the food given the price of each entree. This time around, armed with Chowhound knowledge, I ordered entrees for everyone and split everything family-style, hoping to avoid the "bad eggs" this time around.
We were seated immediately in one of the high booths against the south side wall. Our drink orders were taken early but it was a while before we got them. Otherwise our server was great, he did a good job of watching over us considering he seemed to have a lot of tables that night.
We had the macaroni and cheese with broccoli and Neuske ham, Cobb salad, breaded and stuffed pork chop with mashed potatoes, king salmon with corn and basil, and flank steak (medium) with fries. We also ordered an extra side of mashed potatoes.
The macaroni was great, although I felt with all the broccoli, it should have been called "broccoli and cheese with macaroni" instead! It wasn't a negative though, everyone enjoyed it. Very smooth cheese flavor and not overpowering at all.
The Cobb was a good rendition of the classic salad. I like how they added chicken into the mix. Was dressed slightly on the heavy side, but no one complained.
The stuffed pork chop reminded me of tonkatsu ... the stuffing was great. I think I could make a pretty faithful rendition of this at home. I loved the fresh long green beans that came with the mashed potatoes. Really great.
The steak was a bit on the chewy side (flank steak usually is, right?), but it was really flavorful and cooked perfectly medium. The fries were great, but I didn't get to eat too many of them because my brothers gobbled them up! My middle brother had the lion's share of the steak as he didn't want to share! He's definitely a carnivore and a steak aficionado ... he approved. Good enough for me.
The salmon was cooked medium to medium-rare, and very delicious ... but the star of the dish was the corn and basil concoction. It was completely scraped off the plate!
We had the make-your-own s'mores for dessert. I wasn't too impressed, but there was definitely a nostalgic value to this dish. I thought the "homemade" graham crackers were a little stale. Other than that, it was fine.
So, my family had a great meal. They really enjoyed the food (as did I!) and had a great time in the space ... a little loud but hey, it was a Thursday night.
What really floored me was the bill ... $140 (tax and tip included) for dinner + three drinks! I checked over the bill just to make sure our server got everything and ... yep. What a steal!
I know this place gets sort of mixed reviews ... saying that it's cheap and the food is on par with what you paid for, but perhaps we went on an "on" night. I guess the best part of the night was when I told my mother how much the bill was, and she looked at me in shock: she thought the bill was going to be around 200! Since she didn't look at the menu, she didn't know how much the entrees were, and after eating through them, she mentally approximated the price to be ~$25/entree based on "quality" ... :)
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