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The Tam O'Shanter

lil mikey | Apr 12, 2004 10:46 AM

Uhhhh – valet parking? On Easter? When will restaurants learn that we don’t like valet parking unless there is NOwhere to park? We parked on the mostly-empty street 100 feet away and noticed the lot was 2/3 empty.

Tuxedo’ed Host and Scottish-Plaided Hostess were seamlessly cordial and inviting, despite the fact that I was in shorts and my wife was in a summer-type dress. This was a totally welcome respite after a long drive home. Despite a lack of reservations, they seated us immediately at a romantic corner table.

Drink orders taken and delivered by an equally Scottish-clad waitress (they all wear plaid dresses).

Easter dinner – special menu.

Wife ordered the cream of carrot soup (on the thumbs-up by the waitress).
I ordered the Tam O’Shanter salad.

For dinner:
Wifey – Filet mignon
Me – Lamb shank

Warm bread was brought to the table soon after we were seated. And throughout our dinner, the service was terrific. Attentive, but not overbearing.

Cream of carrot soup was very good. We were a little nervous about it, but it was actually okay.

Salad was salad. Good croutons. Ordinary greens. Dressing was fine.

MAIN COURSE

I ordered lamb shank as it was Easter and all. Even though I had barbecued leg of lamb at the family get-together, it only whet my appetite. I needed more lamb.

As it turns out, I needed more of the lamb at the family get-together.

First of all, a shank is not a user friendly cut. Unless it’s literally falling off the bone, extricating the meat can be challenging. Particularly at the Y in the bone, it’s hard to maneuver the bone and meat with a simple fork and knife in a way that makes the operation look easy. I’ll chalk it up to being there early, though. Maybe if the shank had more time to cook, the meat would fall off the bone.

Convenience aside, though, the meat was fairly tender and the burgundy sauce was very good. It was served over mashed potatoes. I have a pet peeve about getting something that is not as described in the menu, though. The menu said it would be served with mashed potatoes and peas in butter. There were no peas. It’s a pet peeve, but as there was plenty of food I didn’t complain. It was good.

But the real star here was the filet!!! Ouch. I wish I ordered this. The wife doled it out in little half-bites. It was small, but that’s exactly what she wanted. It had a blue cheese sauce on the top, but it wasn’t enough to drown out the flavor of the meat. It was served with what looked like hashed brown potatoes and some pearl onions and vegetables.

She ordered it medium, and it was done perfectly. The tasty charbroiled crust was slightly garlicky; and as you got to the red inner part of the meat, it wasn’t stringy or chewy but tender and juicy the way I remember the best steaks to be.

I’m ordering the filet next time; but overall a very good meal. With 2 Heinekens about $65 before tip.

Tam O’Shanter
2980 Los Feliz Blvd. (across from Costco and Best Buy)
Atwater
(323) 664-0228

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