Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sidecar Restaurant - Ventura, CA

The Sidecar Restaurant has been a place I have wanted to visit for quite some time now. I drive by it after cruising the mall and it would just speak to me! On Wednesday night Scott suggested we give it a go and I was game. The 1910 Pullman Dining Car is legit  and makes for an elegant dining experience.

We were seated in the bar area, next to the fireplace. Our server was the bartender and he was very friendly and attentive. We ordered glasses of Sauvignon Blanc and enjoyed pieces of their bread that is made in house.

I went outside the box and ordered the Braised Short Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, Seared Greens and Horseradish Cream. I was sold when I read Mashed and Cream! I am a sucker for comfort food and that is exactly what I got. The portions were large and I was satisfied.

Scott ordered the Roasted Jidori Chicken with a Fall Panzanella, Apples, Butternut Squash, Thyme, Arugula and Jus. He enjoyed the crispy skin of the chicken very much. I did taste a couple piece of the squash and some pieces were a little al dente but it was fine. The beautifully roasted chicken made up for it!

After all that savory food we were craving something sweet. The "Cheesecake" was almost a mousse. The "toppings" at the bottom of the martini glass made this quite an interactive dessert course. As we paid the bill, I left feeling very satisfied with the restaurant and look forward to returning very soon!

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