OC Restaurant Week passed already but I had to share my experience at the Ritz Restaurant in Newport Beach. First of all, service was great. The interior of the restaurant is quite dark with this old fashion club feel. Ladies, if you are looking for old guys to pick you up at the bar, this is the place. If you are looking for young and hip, this is not the place to visit. However, this place is great for family or taking parents out for the night. We started with shrimp in garlic and butter sauce.
This was the first time I ordered veal. It was quite tender and tasty with crab leg on top with yummy Hollandaise sauce. I would definitely try this again.
My friend was quite irked that Steak Diane was so tiny and almost without any trimming. My veal entree was totally better. However, since it was a tasting 3 course menu for only $40, we shouldn't expect the portion to be huge.
I was not overly fond of desserts at Ritz. This pear with cream cheese pastry was nice but I was not impressed.
Creme Brulee was fine but sort of too watery for my taste. I liked all the raspberry hidden within; it made the dessert slightly refreshing. Overall, I can't complain much about this restaurant, but I am not jumping with excitement to go back again in the near future. However, I will consider taking my parents there in the future if they want to try the place for themselves.
Speaking of food, remember the set of mustard color Le Creuset baking dishes I wanted for my kitchen? Anyhoo, savvy folks over at Cookware.com has kindly offered a set for me to giveaway to a savvy reader (value at $43). I am so excited. Now we can all become stylish domestic goddesses....... All jokes aside, I love Le Creuset products for its beauty and versatility. This stoneware dish can go from the oven directly to tabletop, even when entertaining.
How to Win:
1. Must be a Savvy Mode follower
2. Tell me what will you be baking with this for one entry.
3. Receive 2 extra entries for sharing this giveaway.
4. Open to US and Canadian followers
5. Entry period March 23, 2010 to March 31, 2010
*I am getting names together for Neiman Marcus Gift Card giveaway; I will announce the winner tomorrow.