The Husband and I ventured up to Sherman Oaks to have dinner and watch “The Wolfman” at the Arclight there with my wedding planner friend, Kristeen, and her husband. The movie wasn’t so great but dinner was! We decided to gnosh at Townhouse Kitchen & Bar at the Galleria.
Since it was a Friday night, the place was packed so we had about a 1/2 hr wait. When we were seated, we started off with some cocktails and appetizers.
I had the strawberry basil martini as well as the berry mojito, both specialty cocktails. Sweet alcoholic goodness. Kristeen tried the fire & ice martini which had jalapeno in it…spicy!
The four of us split devilled eggs ($5.99) and calamari ($9.99).
The eggs were good but nothing exciting or out of the ordinary…just your standard devilled eggs. The yolk was creamy and the touch of Sriracha sauce gave it some heat which I enjoyed.
The calamari was nicely done – light crunchy batter, not overly oily and not overcooked. It was served with the standard cocktail sauce and a lemon caper habañero aoli sauce – spicy but a bit heavy. Combined with the fried coating, it was too much for me so I could only do little dabs.
For our main course, the boys ended up ordering the lobster macaroni n’ cheese ($18.99) while the girls went with one of the specials – seafood risotto ($20something). I loved these dishes.
The risotto was great – creamy, rich and just slightly “al dente”. The lobster wasn’t overcooked but it was a little hard to get out of the shell. The scallops were wonderful – buttery and had a nice sear on them.
As for the lobster macaroni n’ cheese…om nom nom nom. A simple but excellent classic-style mac n’ cheese with only lobster to “gourmet” it up. I appreciated the use of shell pasta which was drowned in cheesy goodness. This was one of the better versions I’ve had so far in this town.
We split the trio dessert sampler – chocolate bites, blondie sundae, fresh berries. I think I enjoyed the fresh berries the best with the whipped cream and chocolate shavings. The chocolate bites dessert was a rich delight while the blondie, a mix of yellow and chocolate cakes, was a good compromise for couples where one is not an avid chocolate fiend.
We had an excellent server who was friendly, un-intrusive and attentive. Cost-wise, Townhouse is fair for the food quantity and quality.
I think the only issue I had with the place was the lack of noise dampening. The place was full that night and it was pretty hard to hear each other over the din.
Townhouse gets 4 NOMs! And now I’m craving mac n’ cheese…
Sherman Oaks Galleria
15301 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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