My co-workers and I hit up Murrieta’s West Coast Bar & Grill during The Big Taste. We did get a lot of good food for $25 for the 3 courses; it was a great deal. I was so stuffed I wanted to undo my pants when I got back to work!
I quite enjoy Murrieta’s, with it’s open and bright dining room (in the three times I’ve been there I’ve always been in the room with all the sunlight, so I can’t comment otherwise). There are a lot of neat things to look at, given the building used to be a hotel.
It was nice that not all of us had to choose from The Big Taste menu. Out of the 6 of us, 2 of us selected from the regular menu.
For lunch I chose the seasonal soup of the day (it tasted like a herbed tomato), the Reserve Angus Beef Meatloaf served on a Grilled Baguette, topped with Mushroom Gravy and Truffled Parmesan Fries. For dessert I had the Chocolate Devil’s Food Cake with Caramel & Banana Flambé.
The soup was quite good, with a nice zing, but most impressive was the size of the serving. The parmesan crisp was delicious! The meatloaf was a hearty serving, with 2 large pieces served on garlic bread. I’d never thought of this way to serve meatloaf before, but I’ll have to give it a shot at home. The meatloaf was good, but not amazing. It was seasoned with something I couldn’t quite put my mind on. The fries were a tad soft but they were perfectly seasoned and I ate the whole bowl… and then I realized I still needed to eat dessert! By this time I was STUFFED! I was told the seafood pasta was good but the tomato based sauce was lacking in flavour.
The devil’s food cake was rich and dark and I ate every bite. Served with a thick creamy vanilla whip on the side it was heaven.
An interesting note: the server asked those who got the seafood pasta if they wanted mushrooms. Turns out they were an extra $3 (the additional cost was not mentioned). We were also asked if we wanted bread to share with the table. We ended up getting two of the small loaves so we could each have 2 small pieces. Turns out they cost $3 a loaf! The server nicely split the cost on our bills and we each paid $1. But again, the cost for the bread was not mentioned.