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Kimera Restaurant Lounge Review

31 Mar

5/5 Licks in my yummy meter 😛

Kimera Restaurant Lounge in Irvine, Ca — A hidden gem located in the middle of business buildings at the Impac Center in Orange County.  Kimera is a sophisticated restaurant with a diverse menu from burgers and pizzas to filet mignon and pastas.  The contemporary decor gives a comfortable yet exciting ambiance with modern artwork on its already eclectic painted walls.

The exterior of the restaurant is deceivingly plain and hidden as it sits in between two business buildings.  When you finally find the entrance to the place, which is in a cul-de-sac, you’ll be greeted by a person for a complimentary valet.  It is when you enter the bamboo hallway, where you’ll notice the stylish ambiance that gives Kimera its charm.

One side is for a full service dining experience, great for an intimate dinner in an open, yet still private booth, or a large party of about 8 people in tables on the main floor.  When I came here with a big group for a birthday party, the servers were very attentive and made sure the birthday celebrant was well taken care of and even surprised her with a complimentary dessert at the end of dinner.  The menu is reasonably price and very diverse, where almost anyone can find something they’d enjoy, consisting of salads, fish, chicken, steak, and pasta.

On the other side of the restaurant is a lounge/bar with an outdoor patio complete with comfy couches surrounding a large fire pit.  There’s also a separate area perfect for large private parties that is also bar accessible.  The best part of the lounge is their Happy Hour, served all night long, which consist of  pizzas, sliders, and other tasty appetizers under $9, to compliment their house wines, which are also part of the happy hour menu at $5 a glass.  And if you find yourself here on a Friday or Saturday, which usually gets packed at around 9:30PM, expect to hear music from a DJ to liven up the night.

Don’t let its trendy decor fool you — the food quality is exceptional without breaking your budget.  Kimera is a place that will surely satisfy your appetite while adding sophistication to your dining experience.

XOXO, Chic Chick

Pirate Dinner Adventure Show Review

4 Feb

The Pirate Dinner Adventure is an interactive show geared towards playful kids and adults who wanted to be pirates once — located in 2 opposite areas of the U.S., Buena Park, California and Orlando, Florida.   It’s an adventure that has potential but lacks the “Argh” that is expected from anything pirate related.

The outside of the place doesn’t do the theater justice since it simply looks like an old building, especially when it’s located next to the Medieval Times Castle, which is an adventure with a similar concept but different theme.  However, the entrance is festively decorated as a type of saloon where adults can enjoy drinks from the bar while pirate-looking ladies and lads walk around with appetizers such as various cheeses, fruits, and meats.

The cocktails and beers are available in pirate plastic mugs, which make great souvenirs for tourists, but are over priced.  People are also greeted with flags, bandanas, jewelry, and other pirate must-haves at the door, available for purchase of course.   Though this isn’t the beginning of the play, it is the intro to the show, which is why it’s important to arrive an hour early before showtime, as stated on their program.  After a few drinks, appetizer, and laughs from cheesy jokes, a pirate then leads you and your party to your seats.

Though it is an amusing experience, do not expect an award-winning theatrical play.   The entire show is built upon audience participation, as the circular arena is divided into different colors, while each section represents a pirate, whom you are to root for through out its entirety.  The acting is mediocre, since there’s not much acting involved – more play fighting as the actors, a cast of about 10 people, jump, climb, slide, tumble, and swing around the set, which you might have already guessed, is a pirate ship.

The main attraction of the show is a lady’s performance on the trapeze, along with aerial acrobatics.  However, since the “pirate adventure” lacks a story line, towards the end, the pretend fighting between pirates and constant request of cheering from the crowd become redundant.  Especially when 30 minutes into the show, most people have already finished their “pirate food,” which literally tastes like how you’d imagine pirate food to taste like.  The dry chicken, tasteless shrimp, and decent salad is basically a notch up to a TV dinner.  Most people would agree that the best part of the show is when kids from the audience are invited on board the pirate ship in costume to be part of the show.

All in all, if you’re looking for a  fun time for your kid’s 10th birthday, this will be a fun experience for the whole party as the kids spend a day as pirates.  However, if you’re looking for a theatrical dinner show with a plot and good food, then this isn’t the “adventure” for you.  You’d be better off watching “Pirates of the Caribbean” at home with delivered pizza.

XOXO, Chic Chick

Brazilian Steakhouse Review

23 Dec

Brazilian Steakhouses are known for their never-ending delicious meats that are brought to you churrasco style.  This type of restaurant is usually a flat rate and can range from $35 to $60 per person, not including dessert and drinks.  Cold and hot side dishes are served buffet style, while all you can eat meat entrees are served to your table.  And if you need a little break from eating, simply flip your table topper to red.  When ready for some more, simply flip it to green.  See how many licks in my yummy meter these 3 restaurants received.

5/5 Licks in my yummy meter 😛

Agora Churrascaria in Irvine, Ca — Located in Irvine, not too far from John Wayne airport is Agora, a Brazilian Steakhouse at its finest.  Expect exceptional service from the servers who are dressed as Gauchos , while enjoying delicious meats including beef, pork, lamb, and chicken.  If you are craving a little bit of the sea, Salmon is also available.  With every dish cooked to perfection, you’ll flip your table topper from red to green every time the servers pass by.   With a romantic ambiance, this is definitely a great place for a date or an intimate dinner with several people.  If you have an appetite for tender steaks and want to visit a place with sophistication and style, Agora is the place for you.

4/5 Licks in my yummy meter 😛

Green Fields Churrascaria in Long Beach, Ca — Green Fields Churrascaria is a meat lover’s paradise, which brings a little bit of Brazil to Long Beach, California.  Their selected meats include ribs, steaks, pork, chicken, lamb, duck, and rabbit which are all carved to your liking at your table.  The side dishes are decent and compliment the meats well.  This is more of a casual dining experience that’s great for the whole family.

2/5 Licks in my yummy meter 😛

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse in Redondo Beach, Ca — A prime location in Redondo beach with a view of the ocean from your table and a small lounge for dancing, drinks, and music after dinner, gives this a potential to be a great restaurant, but with its mediocre service leaves it as a disappointment and last on the list.

The side dishes were exceptional, especially the cheesy puff bread.  Though the meat selection wasn’t as diverse compared to the other two restaurants, the few they had were delicious.  It’s a fun atmosphere as  they dim the lights around 8:30 and ladies in colorful costumes dance throughout the floor and invite guests to dance along, forming a conga line.  The one prevalent thing this place lacks is customer service.  The server was not only inattentive, but was also rude who never filled up our water glass even after asking twice.  The lively music and lights create a fun atmosphere and would be great if you’re planning a big party, in hopes they train their staff on customer service.

Satisfaction Sidenote — Even as a food fanatic, I would rather go to a restaurant with mediocre food and excellent service, than a place with great food and horrible service.  Eating out is not only to fill my tummy, but it’s a dining experience, so customer service is very important – from the hostess’ greeting to the server’s attitude.  So on that note, I doubt I’ll ever go back to Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, but you’ll defintely see me at Agora Churrascaria many times, grubbin on their delicious steaks while enjoying the service of their friendly staff.

XOXO, Chic Chick