D’Cache

January 12, 2011

in dinner, restaurant

A good friend of ours is in town on business. He (and his lovely expense account!!!) took us out for dinner last night :)

We decided to meet in the Valley, near his hotel. After consulting several Yelp Reviews and Opentable Reservation options, I settled on D’Cache in Toluca Lake.

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This place felt like another world – removed from the strip malls surrounding it. Kinda reminded me of Astoria, Queens (where Abe and I lived for seven years) with all the neon.

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I’ve never had Tapas before! We decided to order a bunch to share.

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The Gambas (shrimp) al Ajillo + Mushrooms al Ajillo, both served with manchego cheese bread

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Cheese and Serano Ham plate with fruit and preserves

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Porcini Mushroom Pizette with gouda and truffle oil (my favorite)

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None of their salads were jumping out at us, so I asked if the kitchen could put together a plate of veggie sides for us. They obliged with this gorgeous platter:

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Probably the only option for vegans?!? The theme of the night was definitely QUESO!!!

I ate about four loaded plates total – two that were heavy on the protein and carbs…

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…and two of mostly veggies; I flavored them with garlic sauce and cheese!!!

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Aside from a wedge of Camembert and a few grapes, the three of us polished it all off. I was pretty full, but not bursting.

Which means: SHOW ME THE DESSERT MENU!

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This chocolate cake took a while to arrive. But totally worth it.

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MELTY GOOEY CENTER. Heaven. I definitely ate more than my 1/3 share.

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Live entertainment too – this guitarist was quite talented!

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Check out my guest post on Brittany’s site today – I blog about my thought process behind meals like this!

Have you eaten tapas before?

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{ 14 comments }

1 Maria M. January 12, 2011 at 8:46 am

Mmm… tapas. About every other month or so my friends and I treat ourselves to an evening of tapas and drinks. It makes for a wonderful way to eat small quantities of stuff that I would normally go overboard on. (Okay, self-disclosure moment, I can put away food like no one’s business.) Anyway, I love tapas especially anything with aioli and/or potatoes. Yum.

2 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

I love tapas!! And yeah, Spanish food is not really suited for vegans. Lots and lots of cheese!

3 Anna January 12, 2011 at 9:25 am

I love tapas– getting to taste a little bit of everything is so fun!

4 Sara K January 12, 2011 at 9:54 am

Those tapas all look delicious! I’ve only had tapas once before at a Peruvian restaurant and I have to say I love that format of eating- bunches of small but flavourful dishes to share.
Definitely a fan of the queso :)

5 Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 12, 2011 at 10:19 am

It is so hard for us to eat tapas since we are loaded with food allergies. I can see how it could be fun if we didn’t have to deal with that. Looks like you had a great night!

6 emily (a nutritionist eats) January 12, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I LOVE tapas! Especially cheese-heavy ones :)

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8 Megan (Braise The Roof) January 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

The exterior of that restaurant looks SO cool! I’d definitely stop in even if I hadn’t read any reviews! I love tapas and eat it as often as possible- seriously. I have a weakness for Spanish food, what can I say? If you ever visit Chicago, I’ll take you to one of my favorite places! :)

9 Elizabeth @ Healing Foodie January 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm

The pizzette looks divine!

10 Pure2raw twins January 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm

WOW, love that entrance to the restaurant!

11 Cindy January 12, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Tapas is one of my favorite ways to go out to dinner with friends. Everyone gets a little bit of everything and you can keep the food coming throughout the dinner. Looks great!!

12 Jamie @ Food in Real Life January 12, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Delicious and cool looking place! I didn’t know you lived in Queens, both of my parents are from Queens. Laurelton if you know where that is.

13 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

That food looks FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. I want all of it!!!

14 simplynutritiouskate January 13, 2011 at 11:12 am

yum that pizza looks goood!

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