Thursday, October 21, 2010

Red @ Pacific Palms Resort (City of Industry)

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3.5 stars for the restaurant and 1/2 star for the view.

Pros:  THE VIEW is great especially if you sit lakeside.  Being atop a
           hill, you get a decent view of the city and the San Gabriel
           Mountains from this resort.
 
           THE FLATBREAD with Spanish Chorizo and Rock Shrimp
           made for a more than adequate starter.  THE HOUSE-MADE
           SPINACH TAGLIATELLE came with clams, shrimp,mussels
           and a scallop.  The pasta was cooked just right and the
           seafood was not overdone.  THE LOBSTER SLIDERS were
           good but I would have preferred a softer roll.  I didn’t try a
           cocktail, but I did have beer and while their selection on tap
           isn’t so vast, they do pour a tall glass.

           SERVICE – The server was very attentive as he should have
           been (we were the only ones having lunch at the time).

           PARKING –  A plethora of it and FREE.  When approaching the
           resort, park in the lot to the right and not up ahead.  Parking is
           considerably closer.  The restaurant is located on the North
           End of Hotel.  

           POOL TABLE next to the bar and a FLAT SCREEN TV in the
           restrooms.  Enough said.

Indifferences:

           THE BRAISED SHORT RIB SANDWICH was my least favorite
           of the dishes I tried.  The Sweet Potato Fries that came with it
           were good, however.  I would have preferred something other
           than maple syrup to dunk them into though.  I understand the
           pairing and the theory behind it, but it just doesn’t work.  Too
           sweet.  Red’s signature MONSTER (18oz) KOBE BEEF
           HAMBURGER was good but a bit difficult to eat considering it’s
           size but the toasted bun, didn’t help matters either.  While the
           Burger awed in size, this particular burger lacked the char that I
           especially enjoy on the crust of the patty.  Additionally, I felt that
           this burger needed a sauce to boost the flavor.  

I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch here.  They have an enticing dinner menu and I plan on returning one day to check it out.  I want to personally thank Enrique for taking us out for Sunday Brunch.  I must say though; as much as I enjoyed the company and kicking your ass in pool – barely, and by default -  I enjoyed the food that much more.  Next time, my Treat! 



Lobster Sliders – Essentially, a Lobster Roll (but with Bacon!) on Mini Brioche Buns.



Flat Bread – Spanish Chorizo, Rock Shrimp, Fontina Cheese, Watercress & Basil Oil.   



Red’s Signature 18oz Kobe Beef Burger - Aged Cheddar, Provolone, Jack, Asiago, Smoked Bacon & Lettuce on a Toasted Jumbo Brioche Bun.



  
Braised Short Rib Sandwich - Apricot, Caper Marmalade, Watercress & Oven-Dried Tomato. Sweet Potato Fries.


House-Made Spinach Tagliatelle Pasta – Seared Shrimp, PEI Mussels, Scallop, Littleneck Clams & White Wine Butter Sauce with Fresh Basil.

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