2011 couldn't come any faster, so let's kick off those Champagne wishes & Chilean Sea Bass dreams with menus from Chic Wine Bar in LA and Chateaux Lounge in OC.
Brought to you by the creator of Pastis and Bloom Cafe, Chic Wine Bar is a quaint Miracle Mile neighborhood restaurant boasting with tons of flavor and romantic atmosphere. I was lucky enough to eat here a couple years back on a night where complimentary Hors d'oeuvres & Wine were passed. Everything was authentic from the Onion Tarts to the Escargot. And while the menu has since changed – and does so regularly depending on the season – it never ceases to amaze.
Want dinner, DJ, and dancing? Then check out Chateaux Restaurant & Lounge on MacArthur Blvd. in Newport Beach. Their menu is simple modern just like their decor: dark chocolate & white hues, 6 fireplaces, 8 chandeliers, and VIP seating. After dinner, sip on "creative" Cocktails and bump to ambient beats til the ball drops.
The Grubdown on Chic Wine Bar:
1st sitting 7pm, 2nd sitting 9pm. Call 323-525-0234 for Reservations. 5545 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019. @ChicWineBar
- Potato & Goat Cheese Veloute with Chanterelles & Applewood Smoked Bacon $10
- Duck Foie Gras Terrine with Apple Pear and Raisin Chutney & Brioche Toast $16
- Potato Galette & Smoked Salmon with Mango Chutney and Lime Creme Fraiche $12
- Seared Sea Scallops with Orange Zest & Leek Fondue Tartelette $14
- Pave D' Affinois with Chanterelles, Mache Salad & Toasted Hazelnuts $14
- Stuffed Lamb Loin with Pine Nuts, Butternut Squash Puree & Warm Mint Vinaigrette $22
- Sauteed Duck Breast with Caramelized Endives, Sauteed Spinach & Honey Orange Star Anise Sauce $24
- Beef Tenderloin with Celeriac Puree, Heirloom Carrots & Walnut Jus $28
- Seared Fillet of Seabass with Tomato & Onion Confit, Wilted Spinach & Grapefruit Vinaigrette $22
- Japanese Pumpkin Ravioli with Chanterelles & Black Truffle Sauce $24
- Black and White Chocolate Cake with Mango Coulis $7
- Honey & Sesame Semifredo with Red Berries Compote $7
The Grubdown on Chateaux Lounge:
$150 per couple for 3-course Meal + 2 glasses of Moet Chandon. Call 949-922-1508 for Reservations. 18912 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine, CA 92612.
- Chateaux Salad
2nd Course Choices:
- Filet Mignon
- Half Roasted Chicken
- Chilean Sea Bass
3rd Course Choices:
- Creme Brulee
- White Chocolate Souffle
...10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...Happy New Year!!!!!