March 10, 2014 by daniele holmberg
Eat LBC, Long Beach Restaurant Week is coming to town at the end of March and I recently was invited to the Gorgeous Sky Room in Long Beach to sample their Eat LBC, Long Beach Restaurant Week Menu. For more information about Eat LBC, and their upcoming restaurant week, stay tuned for my article coming a little closer to the date which will take place from, March 30-April 5, 2014.
The Sky Room is a gorgeous fine dining restaurant that sits atop a gorgeous skyline of Long Beach! You are even able to see Catalina Island on a clear day from above! :) The Sky Room is located at 40 South Locust Avenue in Long Beach which is conveniently located downtown near to several fun places to go such as The Long Beach Aquarium and The Queen Mary.
Some fascinating history about The Sky Room is that the building originally opened in 1926 and operated as the first West Coast Hilton hotel! In February 1998, The Sky Room was opened to the public as a fine dining restaurant after a complete restoration of the property to the pre-war At Deco style. The interior inside is quite classy with elevator service to the top of the building to dine with gorgeous red walls upon entry to the restaurant. On the walls are several awards and accolades for being one the best restaurants in Long Beach.
Executive Chef Juan Carlos Olvera has done a fabulous job with the menu as I have visited The Sky Room several times in the past for date night, as well as a night out with friends prior to dining this past week. This past week, I was once again impressed with The Sky Room and I was very excited that I had the opportunity to try a variety of fabulous offerings that will be coming soon for Eat LBC, Long Beach Restaurant Week! Read below and be prepared for your stomach to growl and your mouth to water. :)
For course one we selected several items to share of course and to get a great smattering of different flavors prepared from the chef in the kitchen. We started off with truffle fries, Farmers Market Vegetables, an Artisan Cheese plate (I LOVE cheese!!), Salad De Maman, and the Blue Lump Crab Cake. Everything was delicious and flavorful! The salad was an old family recipe handed down by grandma which
always ranks high in my book. The ingredients included Boston lettuce, tomato, radish, cucumber, hard boiled egg, parsley and creamy Dijon and they all blended together perfectly. The lump crab cake made from blue lump crab, capers and lemon beurre blanc was well worth the $10 supplemental fee. The crab cake was one of my favorites and made my taste buds happy. :)
Paired with our first course I had a honey flavored cocktail that went very nicely with the artisan cheese plate! The flavor of the honey and the smooth and creamy cheese, as well as the more solid cheddar style cheese complimented this cocktail perfectly.
For our second course I decided to try a wine from the Coquelicot Winery in Los Olivos, which is also owned by the same owners of The Sky Room! Yes, my friends they have a winery located in the Santa Ynez Valley and they serve their wines at The Sky Room! I became quite excited about this discovery and tried two different red blends made at Coquelicot. They were both full bodied reds, which make your mouth pucker, which happens to be my personal favorite kind of red wine. I do hope to visit Coquelicot sometime soon!
Food items I had for second course included the Free Range Organic Chicken Breast and the Fresh Diver Scallops. Both of these items were delicious in flavor and complex in spice. The chicken was cooked with carrot ginger puree, wild rice, cumin, and Greek yogurt cilantro pesto! The Scallops were prepared with lobster infused mashed potatoes and roasted beet beurre blanc. To order the scallops for restaurant week, there is a supplemental fee of $14 as well, but the scallops were large in size and melted in my mouth! I cannot wait to devour the scallops again next time I visit The Sky Room!
For dessert we shared two items which were the Fresh Berry Napoleon made with a flaky puff pastry, Chantilly cream and fresh berries and the bread pudding with pecans and crème anglaise. I was impressed by both desserts, but I definitely fell in love with the bread pudding which brought back memories of several trips I have taken to New Orleans in the past. The dish was done quite well with flavor that seemed to erupt in my mouth making my mouth water and craving for more!
In addition to normal dining services at The Sky Room and upcoming Eat LBC Restaurant week, I would also like to mention that The Sky Room has a fabulous Happy hour from 5-7pm Sundays through Fridays in which they offer $6, $9, & $12 bites, as well as $6 & $8 cocktails and wines, as well as $3 & $5 beers! I have never been to the happy hour, but I hope to visit and enjoy it soon! Please share your experience below about the Sky Room if you have been there in the past. :)
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