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Phantom of the Opera at Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge

We dined as a guest of the venue


The Phantom of the Opera is only here in Orange County until August 16th. Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge has created a themed Phantom of the Opera menu that is only available while the production is in Orange County. Before going to see the Phantom of the Opera over the weekend, I took my son for dinner at the highly-acclaimed restaurant.

We began our evening by taking a seat together in one of the comfortable oversized booths. I sipped on a glass of chilled white wine while my son enjoyed the freshly baked bread and creamy butter.


For the first course, we began with “The Phantom.” This dish was my favorite item on the menu and featured a lightly cured cobia, dashi, radish, nori, rice, and citrus. It was light and yet bold with flavors. The other first-course menu item was a chilled vegan tomato soup. The best soups that I have savored in Orange County have always come out of the kitchen of Chef Ross, and this soup was one of my all-time favorites.


My favorite item on the main course menu was the “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again.” The dish featured a CAB hanger steak, potato espuma, crispy shallots, asparagus, and a bearnaise sauce. The rich dish was the perfect prelude to the rich performance I was about to see at the theatre.


The other main course menu item was the “Magical Lasso.” The dish featured house made fettuccine, market vegetables, kale pesto and parmesan. Leatherby’s is known for using some of the freshest seasonal vegetables to create their culinary masterpieces, and this dish was filled with many fresh vegetables.



Finally, the meal ended with the “Opera” featuring flavors of opera cake, coffee, almonds, and chocolate. The other featured dessert was the “Finale” with house made sorbet, fresh and freeze-dried berries, and toasted pound cake.


The themed three-course menu is available at Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge until August 16th for $45 a person. Reservations are available by calling (714) 429-7640.


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