Daily Archives: July 23, 2013

Lawry’s The Prime Rib – DineLA

100 N La Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

(310) 652-2827





DineLA restaurant week is always a great time to try out restaurants.  I remember going to Lawry’s a few years back and had a great experience there, but it was pricey.  Their DineLA dinner menu looks awesome this time, and is a great value compared to the normal menu so it gave me even more reason to go back.


Lawry’s can seat up to 500 (yes it’s one big place), but it can get crowded.  So make sure to make a reservation!  Also, I think it’s valet only for parking ($6).  Once you’re in the restaurant, you most likely have to wait  5 – 10 minutes while they seat the parties who’ve arrived ahead of you.  But never fear – in anticipation of hungry diners, Lawry’s has a waiting/welcoming lounge with complimentary meatballs and freshly fried potato chips.


Here’s the dineLA menu:


You get the idea.  So here’s what we ordered:

The Original Spinning Bowl Salad – it is tossed table-side.  Watch as your server drizzles the dressing while the salad bowl spins!  The salad is very fresh and the dressing (kind of like a tangier and lighter version of thousand island) is delicious.


Complimentary bread is freshly baked – crusty on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside.  The way bread should be!


Yorkshire pudding – it comes with the meal and is great to soak up the au jus from the prime rib.  Mmmm…


2 types of horseradish to accompany the prime rib:  regular horseradish and whipped cream horseradish.  The whipped cream version is a lot milder.  Both are really great with the prime rib!  Btw – horseradish is like wasabi, just not green…


The star of the meal:  prime rib!  The meat cart is rolled to your table, choose the doneness of the meat and the meat is sliced table-side.  Mine was done medium.  Besides the mashed potatoes, you can choose another side (creamed spinach, creamed corn or  buttered peas).  The prime rib is melt-in-the-mouth delicious!  All of the sides were really great as well.


Broiled Nova Scotia lobster tail – the lobster meat was a bit too salty.  Other than that, it was ok.  Prime rib is definitely the winner.


You can choose any dessert from Lawry’s regular dessert menu, as part of the dineLA promotion.  This is the warm chocolate fantasy cake with Haagen-Daz vanilla ice cream.  The cake is warm and oozing of chocolate.  It’s perfectly balanced with the vanilla ice cream.  Rich but not too sweet.  Even though we were so full, we had to make room for this!


NY style cheesecake with brandied cherries. The cheesecake was good but the warm chocolate cake definitely stole the show.


I can’t wait for the next dineLA to go back to Lawry’s!

Manhattan Beach Country Club – Terrace Dining

1330 Park View Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

(310) 546-5656




I had no idea that the Manhattan Beach Country Club was so close by my work place, until one of my bosses happened to mention that she was a member there.  She plays tennis there, and one day suggested that we should go there for lunch.  So off we went!


The Country Club is kinda located in an obscure location, tucked away in the midst of the city.  It’s right by the 24 Hour Fitness on Rosecrans.  I think non-members can dine there, but don’t quote me on that — better call to check.  Many of the parking spots are designated especially for the club members, so beware where you park.  The Terrace Dining overlooks the center tennis courts – it’s entertaining to watch people play.  Terrace Dining is very relaxing, and you don’t feel like you’re in LA anymore.  🙂


This is the regular menu.  There is also an express menu for lunch which we opted for:  3 courses (appetizer, main and dessert) for $19.


Appetizer:  white bean stew with Italian sausage.  Mild flavor but tasty.


Complimentary pretzel bread – fresh and hot from the oven!  The bread was chewy and the crust wasn’t too hard.  Yum!


Pistachio-crusted salmon with a bed of parmesan risotto and grilled brussels sprouts.   The salmon was perfectly cooked and seasoned.  The pistachio gave the salmon a nice toasty nutty flavor.  The parmesan risotto was a bit citrusy, so it was a nice balance with the parmesan and not too rich.  Loved the brussels sprouts!


Vanilla bean gelato with a sugar cookie.  Need I say more?  What a nice ending to a great meal!