We were pleased to hear that Restaurateur Roland Passot had recently opened LB Steak Menlo Park to serve the Peninsula, as we had enjoyed many fabulous meals at his LB Steak Santana Row in San Jose. Opening a restaurant these days is generally considered risky business. Even the best business people know that they must be on their game with the right location, menu, execution and chef to be successful. The LB Steak winning concept is casual elegant modern Steakhouse with something for every budget from Burgers to Wagyu Steaks .The new LB Steak in Menlo Park has a comfortable feeling with both booth and table seating and a separate inviting bar area where they feature contemporary and classic cocktails, craft beers and wines by the glass. The lighting is dramatic and there are large windows which add to the openness.
We ordered a bottle of Saint Geron French Sparkling Water and cocktails while we studied the focused menu. Our Cosmopolitan with Grey Goose Vodka was quite refreshing as was the spicy Bloody Caesar Cocktail made with Belvedere Vodka, clamato, lemon and Tabasco. The Starters were very enticing, so we asked our server for recommendations. We loved the Maple Glazed Pork Belly with leak and brioche pudding, fried egg and wild arugula. The presentation was beautiful and it had an excellent texture, was perfectly portioned and was not overly rich. The Seared Dayboat Scallops with corn pudding, compressed nectarine and bok choy was a great combination and we liked the sweetness of the nectarine paired with the hot chili sauce. Next, we had the Baby Iceberg Wedge Salad BLT with bacon, tomatoes, egg and Point Reyes blue cheese dressing. We have ordered this Salad before on Santa Row and it is wonderful!
The main attractions at LB Steak are the USDA Prime Steaks and the most stunning is their signature “Tomahawk Chop” which is a 32 oz. Rib Eye Steak on a large bone. We were chatting as it arrived at our table, then we noticed that everyone around us was in awe of this huge steak! It was prepared Medium Rare as ordered with a cool pink center and was just delicious! It is meant to be shared unless you are really hungry or want some to take home. The other entrée that we enjoyed was the Butter Poached Lobster Tail with grilled corn and vanilla bean sauce. The presentation was stunning. You must try the Sides as the Creamed Spinach and the decadent Potato Gratin with sour cream, bacon and cheddar were both fabulous!
The Wine List is extensive with selections that run from reasonable to luxury. We enjoyed the 2010 Kathryn Kennedy Sauvignon Blanc with our starters then weren’t sure what to pair with our entrees. We could have gone with quite a few Reds by the glass to pair with the “Tomahawk Chop” so we opted to create our own flight. Flights were not on the menu but they were very accommodating and brought three 3oz. pours. We enjoyed the 2010 Textbook, Fin de Journee Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 Freja Wilamette Valley Pinot Noir and our favorite of the three the 2007 Wellington, England Crest Vineyard, Sonoma Syrah.
For the Grand Finale we ordered espresso and desserts. The Frog Hollow Peach Cobbler with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream was served hot and had a delicious crust. We also loved the lighter than normal Beignets which were filled with red currant jelly and had whipped cream on the side. LB Steak in Menlo Park is a winner! Chef De Cuisine Ryan Ellison’s execution was superb. The steaks were spectacular, the starters and desserts were excellent, and the service was polished and friendly. We look forward to returning soon to try their Sunday Night Prime Rib Dinner Special.
By Carol & Joe Davis
LB Steak- Menlo Park
898 Santa Cruz Avenue
Menlo Park, CA. 94025