PALA – The popular Choices Buffet, the new Bar Meets Grill and The Oak Room will offer Valentine’s Day culinary masterpieces for diners Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Pala Casino Spa & Resort.
In addition to its eight serving stations, Southern California’s largest buffet will tempt palates with many special selections. Choices will serve its regular lunch menu, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for $23.24 per person, plus tax. But, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Choices Buffet will offer menu additions, including steamed Alaskan king crab, Canadian lobster tail, chilled snow crab, oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail on ice, coconut shrimp, Choices’ sautee, five-spice scallops on the shell, teriyaki salmon, ginger Cantonese crab, herb-crusted rack of lamb, grilled New York steaks, prime rib with natural juices, turkey breast and ham. Award-winning Pastry Chef Albert Cruz also will offer his decadent selection of over 80 desserts.
On Valentine’s Day, dinner feasting can begin for regular Pala Privileges card members for $46 per person, plus tax. Pearl card members and one guest will be $36.80 per person, plus tax; Gold level card holders and one guest, $32.20; Platinum, $23, and Elite members and one guest are free. Choices Buffet does not offer children’s prices.
Starting at 5 p.m. Valentine’s Day, Bar Meets Grill will offer a dinner special for $38 per person. It will start with a choice of Maine lobster bisque with sweet corn relish, herbs, sourdough croutons and dry sherry; fried macaroni and cheese – cheddar macaroni croquettes with bacon-tomato jam and sriracha aioli or a California Caesar salad with creamy avocado dressing, garlic herb croutons and shaved Parmesan cheese. Diners may select one of three entrees: short rib ravioli with corn and fire-roasted chili cream, cherry tomatoes, radishes and Cotija cheese; a Philadelphia-style strip steak with provolone cheese sauce and caramelized onion spiral fries or pan-seared halibut with pistachio pesto risotto and crispy prosciutto Champagne nage. Dessert will be chocolate heart lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream.
The Oak Room will offer a Valentine’s Day dinner for $65 per person, also starting 5 p.m. The appetizer will be king crab avocado crudo with mango-jalapeno relish, sriracha and chive aioli. The entree will be an Oak Room filet and lobster, a potato stack with bourbon mustard and peeled asparagus with tarragon butter. Dessert will be Chef Albert’s Valentine creation.
Reservations are recommended at Choices Buffet for parties of eight or more. Call (760) 510-2299 or email [email protected]. Pala Privileges membership is free at the Privileges Center in the casino.