Eating together, like being buried up to your necks in the same cube of cement, keeps couples together. Build a solid foundation with today’s Groupon: for $32, you get dinner for two at Cafe Lafayette in Seal Beach (up to a $71.90 total value). The dinner includes:
- Two entrees (up to a $22 value each)
- Two caesar salads (a $5.95 value each)
- Two glasses of house wine (an $8 value each)
Cafe Lafayette’s casual blue and yellow dining room serves a dinner menu heavily influenced by Italian flavors. Plates of caesar salad open the meal with a simple blend of crisp romaine, fresh parmesan, anchovies, and engaging conversation topics. Soy-shitake sauce cascades across portions of seared ahi tuna, flowing into a pile of wasabi mashed potatoes. Chefs stuff chicken with spinach and blue cheese to craft Pollo Di Lafayette or dress up oven-roasted cutlets with marsala, artichoke-curry, or moutarde sauce and pearl cufflinks. The eatery also offers a medley of pastas, including butternut squash ravioli and gnocchi with wild mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, and pine nuts.
The food at Cafe Lafayette alludes more to a sumptuous and expensive restaurant than a simple corner café. The kitchen greets the day with Florentine omelets and mango-blueberry crepes, and toothpicks adorned with fringe or tiny semaphore flags skewer sandwiches filled with salami and provolone or waldorf chicken salad at lunch. Dinnertime is when the upscale flavors are at their best, as gnocchi with wild mushrooms and beef stroganoff prepared with short rib share space with the house Pollo Di Lafayette, a chicken breast stuffed with spinach, walnuts, and blue cheese and topped with creamy pesto.