Happy 2015! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Years. Mine was spent lounging around the house with my doggy and daddy and the most amazing heating pad (thanks mummy!) while watching old episodes of Person of Interest on Amazon. But now for some food reviews!! Feeling better with energy means getting to go out and enjoy dinner with the family. Tonight dad treated everyone to dinner at Marmalade Cafe in Westlake Village, CA.
Marmalade Cafe has 8 locations in Southern California including Westlake Village at the Promenade where we ate tonight. The family previously visited this location for Easter brunch and I can attest to the fact that their Eggs Benedict is delicious. Tonight - with the waiter's encouragement - I ordered their Chicken Pot Pie. Sounded good on a cold night like tonight. While it looked lovely and delicious (see photos below) it was sadly quite disappointing from start to finish. :Insert Sad Face:
The Chicken Pot Pie description reads:
"naturally raised chicken with carrots, onions, red-skinned potatoes, mushrooms and sweet peas, simmered until tender in cream and herbs, served in a flaky pastry bowl."
Unfortunately the dish was bland and the only flavourful bite came when I ate the parsley leaf with some chicken and carrots. I kept expecting to taste the herbs and was continually coming up short. When I got to the flaky pastry bowl which looked tempting and appetising I again found it wanting in taste and more so was disappointed to find the provided knife and fork could not cut through the pastry meaning I had to break the wet (and messy) pastry by hand.
What a bummer... I asked my dad to remind me not to order this dish again next time and wanted to warn anyone else who might venture out to Marmalade Cafe and be hankering for some comfort food in this cool January weather. On a positive side, my dad raved about his PARMESAN CRUSTED SNAPPER and my mum likewise said that her SEARED BLACKENED AHI WITH NAPPA SLAW was delicious.
So... Would I recommend a visit?
The service was mediocre for a moderately crowded restaurant. Our server might have been friendly, had an engaging smile and not been bad on the eyes but he messed up my drink order and disappeared for long stretches of time. Glasses were left empty and we had to hail someone down if we wanted a refill. Dishes were delivered promptly though.
The ambiance is nice enough for any sized group whether an intimate date or a large party as was the case at the table behind us.
The prices are mid-range and can accommodate any price range.
So sure, if you luck out getting a good server and a dish you can rave about, Marmalade Cafe might be just the place for you and yours to try out... I would probably recommend brunch over dinner but perhaps it was just the Chicken Pot Pie that needs to be skipped as the two fish dishes seemed to be hits with my folks. Give it a try and let me know your thoughts!