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You’ll Feel the Love Tonight at Leatherby’s Café Rouge

We dined as a guest of the venue

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“Can you feel the love tonight….”

You’ll find yourself singing this classic song from “The Lion King” while savoring the delicious cuisine prepared by Chef Ross Pangilinan at Leatherby’s Café Rouge before going to see The Lion King at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Chef Ross is one of the most talented chefs in Orange County, and his limited-time three-course theatre inspired menus are my all time favorite.

Before taking my son to see the Lion King, I surprised him with dinner at Leatherby’s. We joined our friend Anita at Diary of a Mad Hungry Woman and her friend to embark on an epicurean adventure into the jungle.

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Not only do I love the theatre menus prepared by Chef Ross, but also his soups. Whenever I dine at Leatherby’s, I can never resist one of his delicious soup creations. He impressed us beyond my imagination with his “Into the Woods” mushroom soup. The soup arrived with a beautiful presentation, but when he dropped a magical ball of mist and magic, the soup came to life.

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For the first course, I enjoyed “The Circle of Life.” The dish featured caramelized salmon deviled eggs, salmon caviar, pickled mustard seed, chicken cracklings and mustard frills. My taste buds were dancing in my mouth every bite of this unforgettable dish that came with an extraordinary presentation.

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My son ordered the “This Land” crisp and flavorful salad. The colorful salad featured greens apples, grapes, Roquefort, pomegranate, red wine gastrique, and a mustard seed dressing. The salad was the perfect prelude to his main course dish.

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I love short ribs, and the short braised beef short ribs with “kare-kare” was unlike any that I’ve ever had before. The short ribs were tender, juicy, and I loved the rich flavors of the dish. The meal is called “He Lives in You” and the short ribs are paired with bok choy, eggplant, haricot vert, peanut sauce, toasted rice, beef marrow, and shrimp grits. Don’t dine during the Lion King run without trying this dish – it will “live in you” forever.

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While I was savoring every bite of the short ribs, my son enjoyed the “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” pasta dish. The dish featured burrata agnolotti, Vodka sauce, roasted broccoli rabe, melted leeks, tomato, trumpet mushroom, and parmesan.

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Finally, we ended our epicurean adventure with the “Hakuna Matata.” The dessert featured a house-made rocky road ice cream sundae, chocolate sauce, banana, whip cream, nuts, cherry, and brownie.

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Don’t miss enjoying this unforgettable theatre themed meal at Leatherby’s Café Rouge until November 1st. The three-course meal is $45 per person, and reservations are available on opentable.com.

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