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Mother in Law Report #2: Balboa Steakhouse

JudiAU | Jun 8, 200401:46 PM

Friday night we ate dinner at Balboa, the steakhouse at the Grafton hotel on Sunset. It is run by the Sushi Roku group so I will admit to feeling a certain amount of skepticism the first time we ate there. We were wrong, it was terrific, and we have been waiting to go back. Chic interior.

Warm baguette and butter to start. Well made Manhattans arrived quickly. Pleasant waitress announced the market price for everything so listed on the menu. Nice.

We started with a Caesar salad prepared tableside. With Mustard. Perhaps in aid of emulsification. How odd. The waiter rattled of the list of ingredients so I guess it was my own fault but it was such an unnecessary and unexpected ingredient. The salad was still good but no longer had a traditional Caesar salad taste. I didn't notice this last time.

My MIL and I both choose the 2 1/2 pd. lobster prepared "New York Style." The lobsters were split, basted with butter, and broiled.

This must be the ultimate size for lobster, big enough to say "holiday" but not so big the meat becomes tough. The claws were removed from the shell for presentation but the rest of the carcass was intact for maximum lobster enjoyment. This is a terrific preparation which results in very tender lobster flesh and deep roasty flavor.

My MIL shamed me by finishing every shred of meat hidden in any portion of the leg, feeler, undercarriage, body, etc. I only managed to finish half of mine that night but I had an excellent lobster roll the next morning for breakfast. $60

My husband thought that his 40 day dry aged NY steak was one of the best steaks he had ever eaten, even better than heretofore favorite Dan Tana. Metallic tang with deep, deep beefy flavor from excellent marbling. Tender from long aging. Steaks are served with a head of roasted garlic but without sides so he also had a "nest" of deep fried onions and sautéed spinach. Next time: creamed spinach. $38

Some amusing people watching to be had, including a number of older gentlemen out to dinner with their "nieces."

Note: The wine list is half off on Sunday nights.

Link: http://balboaprime.com/balboa/index.htm

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