Had the worst dinner at Mastro’s in Costa Mesa Friday night.
Haven’t been in ages, but was taking a friend for her BD.
No pictures because it was too dark, but for starters the place is looking a little long in the tooth- not that it would matter if the food was good.
Bread basket was stale, except for the pretzel rolls. And those weren’t as good as the TJ version for 99 cents.
We both started with soups. She said the lobster bisque was OK, but my French onion had so much bread in it, there was maybe 6 spoonfuls of soup, tops.
Both got the bone-in filet, those were fine but the sides sucked. Their cream corn was flavorless. I’m a big fan of Tom Colicchio’s creamless cream corn where you actually taste the corn. Server rec’d the Brussels sprouts, which were roasted, but completely dried out…
They brought out complimentary chocolate cake for her BD- stale around the edges and I had a port.
Honestly, at this stage in my life I’m fortunate not to have to worry about money. But at $250 without a bottle of wine, there are plenty of other options.
It was jam-packed, so maybe it was just an off night but won’t be back.