Romantic French Dining at Le Vie en Rose in Brea, California

Last month, Jeff and I spent our second wedding anniversary dining at Le Vie en Rose, a  highly rated romantic French restaurant located across from the Brea Mall in north Orange County, California.  When I moved in with Jeff after getting married, I started spending more time in the Brea area and kept noticing this quaint little chalet-like restaurant right off the 57 Freeway.  After looking up their dinner menu and reading reviews, I told Jeff that I wanted to dine here for our anniversary or my birthday.

Le Vie en Rose Restaurant

Pâté de Campagne, Etorki et St. Agur

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

Mushroom Soup

Soupe Roi Soleil (Baked Mushroom Soup topped with Pastry Shell).

Mushroom Soup 2

A look at my creamy mushroom soup, sans the pastry shell.

It was really hard to make a choice from their decadent wonderful menu, but Jeff and I decided to go with their three course Prix Fixe Menu, which includes soup or salad, an entree, and a dessert for $39.75 per person.  Jeff went with their French onion soup, I chose the creamy mushroom soup in a baked pastry shell.  Both were delicious,  but Jeff and I agreed that the mushroom soup was best.  I absolutely adore lamb, so I chose the braised lamb shank while Jeff went with the beef and scallops.  Again, both were absolutely delicious, but we preferred his entree.  And for our selections from the pastry cart we opted for creme brulee and a chocolate raspberry cake.  Both were equally fabulous.

To start off the meal (not part of the Prix Fixe Menu), we ordered the pate and cheese platter from the appetizer list for $10.50.  I love good pate and good cheeses — I could live off the stuff.  Jeff isn’t very big on either one, but confessed that he had never really tried good pate, so he agreed to at least sample it, and eat the salami if nothing else.  My husband is now a pate fan.

Lamb Shank

Lamb Shank braised in a red wine demi glace.

Jeff's Entree

Sautéed Beef Tournedos & Sea Scallops in a Béarnaise sauce with capers.

The service and ambiance was excellent.  We definiteley felt pampered.

My only complaint with the restaurant concerns their failure to celebrate a noted special occassion.  I had noted on the online reservation form that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary, and I reconfirmed this with the hostess when she seated us and asked if we were celebrating anything special that evening  (I was a bit surprised that she didn’t have this already noted on our reservation).  Because the hostess specifically asked, we assumed the restaurant would comp a special dessert or a couple glasses of champagne.  However, neither the service nor the bill acknowledged our anniversary in any way.

Creme Brulee

Creme Brulee.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate cake with raspberry sauce.

Despite completely ignoring our wedding anniversary, Jeff and I had a very special romantic dining experience at Le Vie en Rose and look forward to eating there again.  While their dinner menu is a bit too pricey for our regular evenings out, their equally delicious-sounding lunch menu is a doable option on weekends.  They also offer a 3 Course Dinner Special for $20 to $25 per person, and a special Bistro Bar Menu for $10 per person.

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