Los Angeles: The Tam o’ Shanter

We stopped here on a Sunday evening at 7:30 PM and found parking on the street and walked in. I was so surprised to find the place empty. The Hostess warmly greeted us, and explained that there’s 3 sections: the formal dining room, the Sandwich & Ale bar with a lighter menu, and the Pub.  The Sandwich & Ale bar and Pub are first come seating, and we can order off the full menu from any section.

We chose the Sandwich & Ale section, and the server handed us  the sandwich bar and the regular menu. We decided on the Sandwich & Ale bar because I wanted the roast pork plate, and the formal dining room didn’t serve it.  The area was quite cozy with comfy chairs, hidden nooks, and Tavern looking tables.

Apparently if you want carved meats, you don’t place your order with the server.  That’s for other items from the kitchen, like Fish n Chips or Shepherd’s Pie.  For carved meats like roast beef, prime rib, brisket, or in my case, the roast pork, you walk up to the carving station and tell the carver what you want.  You can choose from a carved plate item or a sandwich, which were very generously made at $17.

Similar to Lawry’s, the carver sliced my roast pork to order, added the mashed potatoes and gravy, and I asked if I wanted creamed corn or creamed spinach. I chose the creamed corn. The plate of roast pork was $19, and it was as generous of a portion as the sandwich.  The roast pork was a little fatty but very tender and melted in my mouth.

Stephen ordered the Shepherds Pie which came with a mixed salad. I was surprised at how small it was, no bigger than a Marie Callendar’s pie. The inside was was full of ground beef and some vegetables. The crust of mashed potatoes on top was not as toasty as I thought it should be.  Overall, I thought it was a little overpriced for $22, and thought it could be a bit more. Stephen let me try it and I thought it was just ok. A bit underwhelming.

Dinner for 2 at the sandwich bar came to $44, before tip. and no drinks. Overall it’s a lot cheaper than eating at the dining room, and I enjoyed my carved plate. If I were to recommend a menu item, stick to what Lawry’s does best: carved meats.Reservations are not excepted for the Sandwich and Ale bar or the Pub, but you can make reservations for the dining room. Your Lawry’s VIP rewards points can be applied to any part of the restaurant as well.

No self service parking on site, but we found parking on the street.  For me, its is another Lawry’s location checked off my list.

The Tam O'Shanter Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato