My girlfriend and I went to cafe del rey a few nights ago to have a few cocktails in the lounge. We have been there several times, but we were quite impressed with their new lounge menu. They are offering various small and large plates with various items. We really enjoyed working our way through most of the small plate menu, sampling duck rillette, red kuri squash agnolotti (some of the best pasta we've ever had,) kusshi oysters with fresh yuzu mignonette, bacon and potato croquettes, just to name a few. To my suprise, they also had turkey pot pie on the menu- I couldn't resist and ordered that too. It was so rich and wonderful, with a very flaky crust- it put my mom's to shame (hope she doesn't read this.) We asked the cocktail waitress about the chef, Jason Niederkorn, she mentioned he was a long time chef at Aubergine in Newport Beach as well as the corporate chef for the Goodells for many years. We can't wait to try the rest of the menu.