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Saturday/Sunday at Pechanga

ii2big | Aug 25, 200312:59 PM

My brother and I opted to go with the Great Oak Steakhouse for dinner, it's suppose to be the best restaurant at Pechanga and we've never had a bad meal there. Called for reservations around 4pm, hoping to get something around 8:30 or 9; they said their first openning was at 8:45, and we said we'll take a reservation for two.

Showed up at our appointed time and were seating after a few minutes. Ordered a couple of glasses of Robert Modavi Merlot, decent wine; I think I would have perferred a Cabernet.

I started with the heirloom tomotoes and buffalo mozzarella with a light balsamic vinegrette (one of the specials); this was excellent, very fresh and simple. My brother had the scallops; he said they were very good.

I had the seared ahi for my main course and my brother had the surf and turf special (australian lobster [8 oz.] and a buffalo filet wrapped in bacon). The ahi was very good. I tried a little of my brother's lobster and filet. They were both great. I'm usually not a big fan of lobster, I tend to find it less favorful than shrimp, but this was very good lobster. The filet was super tender and very tasty.

As usual, we had no room for desert.

The next day, after a late checkout, we had lunch at Blazing Noodles. We shared a spicy fried rice with chicken and spicy noodles (Pad Kee Mow) also with chicken. The spicy fried rice is what I've ordered every time I've been here, this time my brother ordered that and I order the spicy noodles. Both were quite good.

The noodles had a fair amount of lettuce filler; it actually went fairly well with the dish, but I've never had lettuce with my Pad Kee Mow before. I won't get the green tea here because it's terrible. I got a coke and it wasn't so great either; tasted a little off, but I needed the caffeine for the drive home. The off taste of my soda might be because of the tangerine sour altoid I had before lunch.

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