I’m a huge fan of Lawry’s The Prime Rib and their sister restaurants, the Cavery, Five Crowns, Side Door and Tam O’ Shanter. During Christmastime, we go to the Las Vegas location for their carolers. Last year, on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, Stephen and I went to the Beverly Hills location but was not pleased with their service or how close my neighbor was to my table. This year we decided to have our early Valentine’s Day dinner at the sister restaurant, Tam O’ Shanter, located about half an hour away from Beverly Hills. We’ve been there many times for their casual dining in the bar/ pub area, but this time we decided to enjoy a more quiet, intimate experience in their dining room.
The menu is a bit different than Lawry’s The Prime Rib, in that Tam O’ Shanter offers more than just prime rib. They had pretty much any English/ Scotish style food on the menu from Haggis to Fish and Chips to Toad in the Hole. They even had a 3 course Valentine’s Day menu for $125 a couple.
We passed on the Valentine’s menu and ordered off the menu. Stephen had the Toad in the Hole, which is cubed filet mignon steak with root vegetables inside a Yorkshire pudding, covered in a Guinness gravy. I chose the traditional prime rib, California cut, which was also served with a Yorkshire pudding, creamed corn (or creamed spinach) and mashed potatoes. In addition we ordered a side of their wild mushrooms in a garlic and herb sauce. While waiting for our meal, Stephen ordered his favorite cocktail, an Old Fashioned, and Greg, our server brought out fresh sourdough and squaw-type bread.
Our food came out very quickly, and everything was perfect. My prime rib was cooked just right, and it was tender and flavorful as always. While we were enjoying our dinner, Greg asked if we were interested in the Chocolate Souffle for dessert. It took about half an hour to prepare, and if we wanted it, he could place the order now. Typically we get the C.C. Brown’s Sundae, but a fresh souffle did sound appealing, so we accepted. The souffle, served with a side of cream and coffee, was worth the wait and it ended our meal perfectly.
I love dining at Lawry’s so much, I signed up for their VIP Rewards club. During Christmas, when I purchase gift cards, I get bonus points which I can use later during the year. The points usually expire around February or March, so Valentine’s is the perfect time to cash in the points. Last Valentine’s, our bill came to $19 after subtracting the points. This year we beat that amount, and our dinner, with a side dish, drinks, and dessert came to under $11 with our VIP points. How can you beat that?
After paying our bill, we asked Greg which table belonged to Walt Disney. Actually it didn’t belong to him, but it was his favorite table when he used to come with his Imagineers. He said table 31 was in the other room, next to the fireplace. Before leaving, we peeked in on the unoccupied table, and took a picture of “Walt’s Table” before going home.
As you walk out the door, there’s artwork around the restaurant with proof that Walt Disney enjoyed coming to Tam O’ Shanter. It’s probably one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles for prime rib or brisket sandwiches. It’s not cheap, but I never had a bad meal here ever.