Napa Valley Grille
Updated: Jun 25, 2019
Before coming to the Napa Valley Grille, I did my usual research. What's on the menu? What's the decor? What is the over all feel and vibe? I found numerous articles talking about the newly remodel upscale restaurant in the heart of Westwood. The menu was clean and simple. Ok, sounds great. I am ready. Let's go.
It's early on Sunday evening. I made a 5pm reservation, not keeping in mind of the time change. At least there was no traffic getting there from the East side. They have valet parking for $6, whew! I didn't have to drive around and look for metered parking. As I walked in the front doors a feeling a calmness came over me. The high ceilings of the front entrance were flooded with sunlight. The decor is modern but comfortable, relaxed. I was sat at a window seat in the main dining room with a great view of the beautiful outside patio. I could see the few strangler customers who had come in for a late lunch and stayed to enjoy the spring sun.
I had already over examined the menu online. I started with the Dragon Martini. I ordered the Crescenza Cheese & Serrano Ham Tartine ( it had pickled onions, arugula and served on raisin-pecan bread) as an appetizer, the Prime New York Strip, (14 oz, charred onion-thyme jam, green peppercorn-cognac jus) for my entree, Sautéed Brussels Sprouts (crispy pancetta, sherry) for my side and for dessert and finally I ordered the Strawberry-Vanilla Mascarpone Cake ( layered with strawberry jam filling and mascarpone cream). I must admit, I'm a great orderer. I know. I'm modest too.
The Dragon Martini, was slightly sweet, with a slight tingle of citrus and the undertones of lemongrass. The tartine was light but flavorful. The New York Strip, (not always a fan) was perfectly cooked at medium rare and extremely tender. The Brussels sprouts...oh the Brussels sprouts. Were charred to perfection. You could taste the bits of pancetta without it being greasy. And it wasn't super sweet as many similar dishes tend to be. Finally the dessert. It was sweet, but not too sweet. Strawberry jam layered with the mascarpone cream and more vanilla cake. It was topped with crumbled shortbread cookies which added the tiniest bit of crunch. YUMMZERS!!!! It was served in a mason jar, which I didn't love. The presentation was very mediocre for the high quality of the dessert. However, if a mason jar is my only complaint in a two hour dinner...I think that is a darn good meal!
I'll be back!
Napa Valley Grille
1100 Glendon Avenue, #100
Los Angeles, CA 90024
The food at this restaurant was provided complimentary or at a discounted price, however all opinions are 100% mine. A free meal does not buy a good review.