Charlie Palmer SCP – Prix Fixe Lunch

Visited the outstanding Charlie Palmer restaurant in Bloomingdale’s at South Coast Plaza today for lunch.  The decor, service and food are always first rate.  We enjoyed the Prix Fixe lunch, a real bargain at $28 for 3 courses.

We had both of the first courses, the Shrimp and Chorizo Risotto and the Raddichio and Frisee Salad, and both were wonderful.  The risotto was tender, with a really flavorful sauce.  The salad has “overnight” tomatoes, which were like sun-dried, but better, and really interesting feta cheese – not too salty.

We also sampled both main courses, a Grilled pork chop  with braised lentils, salsify, black mission figs, and mustard cornichon jus, and the Pan Roasted Sea Scallops, with corn puree, smoked fingerlings, poblano, and tomato fondu.  We could find no flaw with either – very vibrant flavors, and everything cooked perfectly.

For dessert, they offered NY Cheesecake, but we could not order this, as the other alternative was Peanut Butter Molten Cake  with caramelized banana semifreddo and butterscotch.  I paused after the first bite, wondering how long could I linger over this dessert?  I wanted it to last forever!  Very rich, and eye-rollingly good!

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