Location: 108 W. Channel Rd.(PCH), Santa Monica, CA90402. 310-230-9100
Date: May 14, Sept 4, & Oct 30, 2011
Cuisine: Cal French International
Rating: Stellar food and unparalleled service.
I already covered the background to Sam’s in my FIRST REVIEW. Let’s just say this is a local place with an unusual and inventive menu that’s worth a drive.
“Vegetarian Crepes. Homemade Crepes filled with Swiss chard, wild mushrooms and zucchini served in tomato coulis.” This is a very nice vegetarian option, and surprisingly hearty. The sauce is bread dippingly yummy.
And the Shawarma pizza, which given my penchant for homemade interesting pizzas, I found very interesting. The sauce is a bit more like a harissa, and the pizza is covered with shawarma and pine-nuts.
Special rack of Lamb in a dijon mustard vinaigrette. The lamb was tender. The sauce has a fantastic vinegary tone, bright with the mustard, but not overpowering. I had to sop it up with bread afterward. Served with various vegetables and ratatouille.
Green apple sorbet, with a true apple mouthfeel (even a bit mealy, like real apples).
His creme brulee is straight up traditional, and it’s the second best I’ve ever had in the world (there was this one in Avignon…).
My personal favorite, the bread pudding. Topped with a creme anglais, it is warm, rich, and soft, with a chocolate botom.