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Plate Malibu

whiner | Feb 8, 2012 09:24 PM

Sorry if this is a duplicate post, my internet is the current bane of my extistance.

I had a lovely dinner here last month... except for the food.

I don't normally write reviews for underwhelming restaurants, but I'm beginning to creep about Malibu and the surrounding locals on extended hiatus from SF and figured I would write up a review or two.

My friend and I walked right in at around 6pm on a Tuesday night. The restaurant was nearly empty. The lines are very clean and modern and the atmosphere is quite casual but elegant. The lighting is a bit dim but nifty flashlights are provided to patrons to peruse the long menu.

It is quickly apparent that this is, at least, a somewhat health - conscious restaurat with plenty of grilled and lighter fare. The salads are noted as having light, excuse me, "lite," dressings. The main courses are divided into both an Italian-inspired section as well as a Modern American section. There is also an extensive non-alcoholic beverage selection which we took advantage of. I had pomegranate green iced tea. The high school girls who wound up sitting at the table behind us shared some sort of tower of non-alcoholic something which looked fascinating.

We ordered and were brought decent flat bread. Then the salads came out. My roasted pear and blue cheese salad was off. I found the dressing watery and the point reyes blue cheese too conservatively incorporated into the salad. This is one of the more dissapointing blue cheese and cooked fruit salads I've had. For my main course I had the special mixed grill which contained an unispired bratwurst -- fine, but just a nice hot dog, really; as well as two rib lamb chops (one rare, one medium well -- I had ordered them medium rare) and a well seasoned petite filet (medium, I asked for medium rare). The $36 price of the mixed grill was also a bit off putting seeing as how most of the main courses at other, better, Malibu restaurants are in the upper twenties or lower thirties. I had a forgettable dessert. Literally, I had this meal just a couple of weeks ago, I never forget a course after years, and I've forgotten what I had.

Overall, I found the place lovely, and my company great, but I would look elsewhere for good food in the area.

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