I have been on a serious seafood kick lately, so I thought I would switch things up and go a little heartier. The last half of this week has been pretty chilly with the rain coming in, so some good, warm comfort food is in order. I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived to Angelica’s in Redwood City and saw the menu included a shepherd’s pie, a meat pie made with a crust of mashed potatoes.
Dish of Choice
I chose the Prime Rib Shepherd’s Pie, which included slices of prime rib, peas, baby carrots, pearl onions and fresh thyme, topped with a layer of mashed potatoes and a blue cheese garnish. Along with two cranberry and vodka cocktails, my bill came out to about $38 with tax.
This dish delivered good comfort food with a fine dining twist. The prime rib was succulent, and the vegetables tasted fresh and tender, without being overcooked or mushy. The potatoes were thick and smooth, with a nice toasting on the top and edges. The blue cheese was baked into the potatoes and created a strong flavor and heartiness. The two pieces of crostini placed on top of the shepherd’s pie made for a quirky presentation and added a nice crunch to the meal.
Angelica’s has a higher-end vibe without feeling stuffy. The main dining room had dark mahogany furniture and trimming, chandeliers and original musical artwork on the walls. The dining area also had a decent-sized stage area for live entertainment. My dad’s band, Papa’s Bag: A James Brown Experience, performed at Angelica’s Thursday evening and had the room rocking. Angelica’s seems like a great place for dinner and dancing at the end of a hard work week. The prices are a bit higher than casual dining, but the restaurant delivers on the quality.
Angelica’s is located at 863 Main St. in downtown Redwood City. The restaurant has a brunch and happy hour menu during the week and on weekends. For more information, call (650) 679-8184 or visit angelicasllc.com.