Went to Valentino’s last night and had an AMAZING meal!! It was just me and my husband. I picked 4 dishes + dessert and they split each one for us, so it was like having a custom tasting meal. I love how they do that for you, Scarpetta will also serve that way too.
Italian Chopped Salad.
Hubby loved it, it was a little too bitter for me, I think because of too much radicchio :o)
Grilled Octopus w/Squid Ink Israeli Couscous.
Loved this!! The octopus was super tender because they poach it first then grill it. The skid ink couscous was great too, not fishy, just enough mineraliness to it ;o)
Risotto w/White Truffles
I decided that if I had a choice, this would be my last meal that I would pick :o) I would just need to die in late fall...lol Valentino's makes the BEST risotto and white truffles are just sublime! They use Vialone Nano rice for their risotto. I already ate some when I took this picture. It was covered in truffles when it came to the table. It was $70 for app portion & $100 for entrée…we split entrée portion. They said that they would have the truffles until about New Years.
Sliced NY Steak w/arugula & tomato...
Ordered med rare, but maybe a touch too rare.
Most places dumb it down by making it too sweet and not enough alcohol in it ;o)
There were some interesting people dining…
One table had a woman gnawing on a bone, I do that sometimes too, but not at a place like Valention’s…lol Then later in the evening, she stood up and modeled a sweater that she was going to give to her mother, she actually made a presentation with it!
Another table had a young guy wearing a plain old white t-shirt as his attire. Can’t you dress up just a tad for a place like this??
The table right next to us had one couple at it, SHE talked on her cell phone for the first 15 mins…she even ate her salad as she gabbed.
P.S. Sorry the pics aren’t that great, I wasn’t very good with the iPhone this time...
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210