Oh Wow! Oh Gosh! Unbelievable! That’s all I could think of when we first visited the LA Grill and Bistro.
Suanne and I always frequently receive recommendations of restaurants to try from readers of Chowtimes. Vanessa was one of those … she sent us an email suggesting that we check out the LA Grill and Bistro. What really pique our interest was when Vanessa said that they have steak for $6.95. Great … that’s cheap … but that conjured in our mind a not-so-clean hole-in-the-wall kind of joint.
What we came across was quite unbelievable. Emblazoned in bold in front of the store are the words “Lunch $4.95” and “Dinner $6.95”. And the place is certainly not any hole-in-the-wall and a very respectable place. We were quite surprised that after so many years staying in Richmond and having blogged over 100 entries of restaurants in Richmond (oh yeah, that’s right … over 100 Richmond restaurants), we had never heard of LA Grill and Bistro.
It was more because we hardly venture to the strip mall on No 2 and Blundell, except for a visit to the boys’ dentist. Anyway, it was exactly what Vanessa told us to expect.
Service was prompt but the place is super busy. We did notice that the waitresses are the type you typically in more upscale restaurants like Sammy J and Cactus Club — pretty young slim white girls. For almost all aspects this place looked like it is non-Asian joint except that we noticed a bossy looking guy at the counter and the people working in the open kitchen are Asians.
Their menu has the following:
- Mega Portion — Mini Price
- Trendy Style — Unique Decor
- Fantastic Specials Everyday
I simply had to have the steak and see what the $6.95 New York Steak that Vanessa mention is all about. Actually, the $6.95 price is their special for Monday Dinner Special only. On all other days, it is $9.95. But still with $9.95, it looked like a great deal to us.
What I had with the New York Steak is rice pillaf (very well made and flavourful), roasted potato (quite a big piece too), green salad (very fresh) and a very well made garlic bread. We love the garlic bread.
The New York Steak is not exactly prime meat but it was really respectable. And they did it exactly the way I liked it … medium rare. Oh … I am bad at guessing the size but I would say it was at most 8 oz. It was not really big I would add.
He he he … no fried rice here! So Nanzaro ordered the Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo ($9.95). Frankly, we were kind of surprised he ordered this because we never thought he could be that “sophisticated” for a lil guy like him.
The chicken breast was too tough for him and so he left it untouched. We find that the chicken breast was really tough too.
Otherwise, the Fettuccine was great — it was full of creamy alfredo sauce. It has garlic bread served together with this. The chicken breast was a disappointment really.
Mum had the $7.95 Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich. This chicken breast (although it looked the same as the ones on Nanzaro’s pasta) was not as tough … strange, we thought. The grilled chicken breast was topped with pesto, melted mozzarella and served on an open-faced French bread. Like my steak, this also came with roasted potatoes and green salad.
Arkensen had the rather unexciting $6.45 Cheese Burger. They had quite a selection of “gourmet” burgers (ten) but he had to choose Cheese Burger. He did finish off the entire plate … so, I guess he likes it.
The bill came up to just $36 before taxes and tips. Pretty good huh? It would have been better on the weekdays when some of these goes for $4.95 lunch special and $6.95 dinner special. You know, there are nothing on their menu that is more than $9.95.
Vanessa, thanks for the recommendation … it was great. Keep the recommendation coming!!
And … I had scanned in their menu … check out their weekday specials … and also their drinks specials too!