Tuesday, July 17, 2012

DineLA 2011: Lunch at Napa Valley Grille

The first summer DineLA Restaurant Week started earlier this week, so I thought I'd do a quick post on one of my Dine LA visits from last year. I had lunch at Napa Valley Grille last Fall, and the $22 per person for three courses was a great deal! (The format this year unfortunately does not have dessert for lunch. It is $20 for two courses. Not sure why, I want my desserts!)

I used to go to Napa Valley Grille a lot when I worked in Westwood, but since then I haven't gone as much. The lunch was a pleasant reminder of Napa Valley Grille's good food and generous portions!

Chopped Kale Salad, toasted almonds, golden raisin, lemon parmesan vinaigrette

Very fresh and light! I don't like salads with too much dressing, but this one had a nice light dressing and a lot of the flavors came from the almonds and raisins.

Tahitian Squash Soup, pomegranate syrup, pistachio pesto
The entrees:
Marinated Ahi Tuna Salad, heirloom cherry tomatoes, dry cured olives, anchovy vinaigrette, country croutons
This lighter option still had plenty of tuna to fill you up for the rest of the day.

Ale Braised Venison Ragu, house made butter noodles, root vegetables, garlic bread gremolata
The venison was very tender, I loved the butter noodles and the leftovers made for an excellent dinner! Yep, that $22 per person ended up covering my dinner too.

The desserts:
Cheesecake Trio: goat, lemon verbena, honey
I usually won't order cheesecake when pitted against a chocolate dessert, but I loved this trio tasting. My favorite? Had a hard time deciding between the goat cheese or the honey.

Chocolate Meringue Pot de Creme

Quite a satisfying lunch, with enough leftovers for another meal, and fast service. Parking in the area is hard to come by and valet is pretty expensive, but if you work or study close enough to walk here, definitely stop by during this restaurant week!


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