DineLA is having Restaurant Week from January 20th to January 31st. This is a great opportunity to sample some of LA ‘s best restaurants and try a prix-fixed menu. The Experience has sampled two restaurants so far. First was The Cafe at the Hilton LAX. Second was Chablis in the City of Tarzana.
Hilton Cafe at LAX
The Experience website kicked off Dine LA Restaurant Week in Los Angeles at the Cafe located in the Hilton at Los Angeles International Airport.
Michael Hastings is the General Manager at the Hilton Cafe. He’s always dressed professionally. He greeted us and welcomed us to lunch for DineLA. This is the first year that the Hilton Cafe has participated in DineLA.
Executive chef Chad Krahling has selected a sampling of the lunch menu for DineLA.
Up first was the Ceasar salad. We also ordered a Kale salad. Both were fresh and the presentation was pleasing.
For the entree we sampled the Thai Shrimp Yellow Curry. I thought this dish really stood out. It was a fresh curry and very American. I thought I was tasting something created by an accomplished chef.
We also tried the vegetable fried rice. Chef Chad isn’t re-inventing the wheel on this dish , but it was delicious. The presentation was also excellent.
The staff at the Hilton Cafe at LAX is accommodating and professional. The Cafe gets a huge airport crowd. It’s a great place to eat that’s close to the airport.
There’s also a convention center at the Hilton. It has 55,000 square feet of meeting space. A Business Center is located on the lobby level.
The Cafe at the Hilton LAX is a great place for lunch. Being located just a quarter mile from LAX, it’s a restaurant that will undoubtedly be remembered by an International clientele.
Hilton Los Angeles Airport
5711 West Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, 90045, USA
The Experience visited Chablis for DineLA Restaurant Week.
This is the French Restaurant located on Ventura Boulevard in the City of Tarzana. Chablis is a great neighborhood restaurant that serves tapas, food and wine. A gourmet dining experience with a casual atmosphere. You will often hear large tables chatting about wine or the Polar Vortex. The giant realism paintings on the wall make you feel like you’ve been transported in time or to a European country.
The fresh bread that that they serve comes right out of the oven. The Cabernet Sauvignon was a great way to start. However, we thought, perhaps, we should have ordered the French Chablis. I think we’ll order it on our next visit.
The Lobster bisque was delicious. I often think of a bisque as cream based, but this was more of a broth. The dish really stood up. The lobster
was perfect. It was sweet and tasty.
For entrees we tried the Roasted Lamb with crushed pistachio and potatoes. It was the best lamb I’ve had in a long time. Wow! This was a real treat. It was cooked perfectly. The gravy was delicious. More of a gravy that you would expect on a pot roast. However, it seasoned the lamb with great flavor.
The other entree was the scallop and shrimp linguini. The scallops and shrimp were both very fresh. I recommend this one.
We drank more wine as more and more people came in. This is a very popular restaurant in the valley. It’s hard to find good food and a nice place to sip wine.
The wine menu is extensive. A great collection of French, European and American wines. There are tapas items that are small plates made for sharing while sipping wine.
18588 Ventura Boulevard, Tarzana 91356