Wednesday, March 10, 2010

California Pizza Kitchen, Orange, CA

So I went out to eat with my regular tuesday night crew with the exception of Jenkin. He was busy with family matters so he couldn't join us.

Bread & Butter

Sourdough Bread with Land-O-Lakes Butter

Judgment: Typical bread & Butter you find at any restaurant. It was probably fresh baked that day but it did not arrive warm to the table. As you can see the butter didn't melt and I had plenty of time to pull out the camera from my bag and setup for the shot. 5 / 10

Fried Artichoke Hearts

Deep Fried Artichoke Hearts with seasoned batter and Parmesan cheese

Judgment: The dish came piping hot and was flavorful. I actually enjoyed this and it was pretty good for $4. Although, I do wish it was a little bigger in quantity. 7 / 10

Sicilian Pizza

Meat covered pizza with basil garnish

Judgment: The pizza was thin and crispy, yet at the same time, you can have the same enjoyment as if you were folding a slice of New York style pizza in half while you ate it. Although it is a pretty bad comparison to say that this was "like" a New York pizza, it's just part of the eating experience. The ingredients were fresh and a little on the salty side but it's typical for a pizza that is simply covered in meats. 8 / 10

Chocolate Souffle

Chocolate Souffle Drizzled with Hot Fudge on top of Vanilla Bean Cream and Haagen-Daaz Vanilla Ice Cream

Judgment: The dessert was almost perfect. The Hot Fudge really put the Souffle over the top to the point that I felt it was too rich. The Vanilla Bean Cream was excellent and the Souffle itself was very light and airy. It's a shame the chocolate sauce had to ruin the experience. 9 / 10

Conclusion: The restaurant as a whole is pretty overpriced and half the time we were discussing the decor along the walls of the restaurant of custom painted and designed pizza boxes. We couldn't help but comment that the box that was painted and styled to look like a chinese take out box, but it was covered with flying bean sprouts and terrible chinese penmanship deserved the title of "Worst Box on the Wall" However, for the dining experience, it is a very typical hang-out pizzeria.

The Restaurant gets a B-Rank.

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