Eat Like a King at The Movies With Arclight
Who says theater food has to be bad? Candy, popcorn, and a large soda? No, those were the days of the past! Arclight Hollywood was gracious enough to invite me to preview their new gourmet menu that will be debuting September 2nd. Gourmet? Ha! I won't lie. I scoffed at the idea. I was expecting gourmet hot dogs and maybe a soda in a nice fancy cup? Let's just say I was so wrong. And for once, I was happy to be proven wrong!
Here's a view from the top floor. Arclight recruited Chef Eric Baran as the Head Chef for ArcLight Hollywood. Currently, he is working closely with the lead chef at ArcLight Sherman Oaks to launch the menu at that location in the future as well. Seeing that we were foodies, Arclight was nice enough to invite us to a private screening of The Hundred Foot Journey and taste-test their new upcoming menu! In addition to previewing some of their new dishes, they also were inspired by The Hundred-Foot Journey film to incorporate dishes from the film into their menu for the day.Chef Eric started us off with the Pacific Ceviche made with local halibut and subtle pops of watermelon with jalapeño. Oh my goodness. This was such a refreshing dish. Who would have ever thought of going to eat at a movie theater? I could eat this everyday. Delectable! You can never go wrong with the Classic ArcLight Salad made with organic greens, chicken, applewood smoked bacon and provolone. If you're a frequent follower of my blog, you know I'm not a big fan of salad. I really liked this salad. Not too heavy. Perfect for the summer weather. Stamp of approval! Let me just tell you, Arclight's Spicy Southwestern Bacon Cheeseburger was the best thing I ate all week. The patty is made with brisket, sirloin and short rib. The juicy burger melted in my mouth. It was absolutely one of the best burgers I've ever had. Hands down. Everyone and their mothers needs to go out and get this burger once the menu is open to the public. I would go to the Arclight just for this dish. Fingers crossed that the Pasadena location starts serving this soon.
Raspberry Sorbet. The sorbet cleansed my palette. I thought the meal was over. Nope! More food was on the way. At this point, my mind was just blown. I never realized how delicious food from a theater could be. Then again, Arclight isn't your normal run of the mill theatre. The next couple of dishes were inspired by the film The Hundred-Foot Journey. The Chicken Tandori did not disappoint. To make it easier to eat, Chef Eric made it into a skewer. It was like eating satay!Beef Bourguignon was next on the list. Beef Bourguignon is actually a classical French dish that was fused with traditional Indian spices. The Bourguignon was tender and fell apart with each bite.
Our last dish inspired by the film was the Banana Cardamom Crème Brulee. Oh gosh. Another impeccable dish! Once this menu launches, I'm going to Arclight just to eat. The gals and I enjoying some drinks from the Arclight Bar. Did you know Arclight periodically releases new drinks inspired by newly released films! Although they don't create special menu’s for every movie, they do change things up a bit for those films they feel have a naturally tie-in. Arclight does run a special drinks menu with at least one movie a month in partnership with the studio. They are constantly changing so you don't get tired! Chocolate Martini? Yes, please!This made my tastebuds sing! Not your average chocolate milk. After all the glorious food and drinks, it was finally time to go in for the movie. So popcorn and spiked chocolate milk in hand, I took a seat with my friends. The film was so good! It was produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah so you know it had to be good. It was the perfect foodie movie. We were laughing and crying throughout the movie.
Arclight Hollywood is debuting their new menu on September 2nd. ArcLight Sherman Oaks will be next as well as the smaller café locations (Pasadena, Beach Cities and La Jolla) that will have a few of the newer items included in their menu as well. The new and improved menu hopes to make the Arclight Hollywood café an ideal venue to hang out with with friends and fellow moviegoers all in one place since Arclight has a reserved seating and no late seating policy. So why not dine in the cafe before or after you catch a flick? Especially when food is this good!
By the way, Arclight's caramel corn is so addicting. I ate one whole container during the movie and also another one for breakfast the next day. I couldn't put them down. I'm literally drooling thinking about it right now. I'm having withdrawals.
Happy moviegoing and gourmet eating!