We had out of town guests a week ago and we went to The Hideaway at Lindero. I did a previous review of this place shortly after it opened and had a favorable review. Most of you who’ve read my previous posts know I’m rather picky about my expectations and there were a couple of issues (mostly service) previously.
Things seem to have even improved from then. Previously, as you know, we were big fans of The Grill on the Alley, but the Hideway has now become our go to place! While the Grill is very corporate and professional (and the food is definitely good), here you feel like a welcome guest with a very homey feel. The atmosphere is much more relaxed and friendly. Our waitress, who was young and clearly new to the profession, did everything she could to make our experience enjoyable. She was so cute and charming!! She will do well I’m sure.
Chef Robert is a gracious host. He is always trolling the dining room chatting up guests. He remembered us and loves talking about food, restaurants and chef’s. He has a formidable background and it certainly is a pleasure talking with him on these subjects. He takes his cooking seriously and that, combined with his talent really shows through on the food and entire dining experience.
The night we were there, the Friday after Thanksgiving, there were 5 of us and we all had something different. Robert came by and mentioned he was making a Posole for the next night and asked if we wanted a taste. Of course we all said yes and his taste amounted to a full bowl of soup!!
It was delicious and we finished it off in no time!! It was really Yummy!!
I had venison for the 1st time and really enjoyed it but really don’t have anything to compare it to, so for the time being it was the best venison I’ve ever had. I’ll have to try it at Saddle Peak Lodge or Josie's next time for a real comparison. Unfortunately I don’t remember what everyone else had (it was over a very busy week ago) but we all shared tastes and we all liked what we tasted. Our friends (who live in Las Vegas and certainly have had some very good dinners) were very impressed and said when they’re back in town they want to go there again.
We were planning to go to the Grill last Sat. night but my wife suggested we go back to the Hideaway, and I had no problem agreeing!!
I had the Lamb Shank and my wife the Pumpkin Ravioli. Since this was just a couple of days ago, I do remember and will give my comments about the meal.
We shared a Caesar Salad with wonderful baked parmesan cheese and really good corn bread. The lamb shank had a wonderful flavor, and while it was definitely cooked through, my only comment would be that is wasn’t as tender as most lamb shanks I’m used to. Lamb shank and Oso buBco are usually fall off the bone and that did distract me a bit here, but I still ate and enjoyed it! My wife like (and I tried it too) the pumpkin ravioli, only saying the sauce was very heavy and she only need a little of it to get all the flavor.
We were too full for desert, but honestly, it was much less inexpensive than the grill and really enjoyable. I also need to mention, as I believe I did last time, the prices are quite approachable. Their wine list, while by no means extensive, is adequate and the wines fairly prices.
I hope you try it and report back your comments as I’m anxious to see what others think.
Saddle Peak Lodge
419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302