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Pala offering Christmas and New Year's dining specials

10 December 2015

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The culinary experts at Pala Casino Spa and Resort have carved out Christmas and New Year's masterpieces for diners at Choices the Buffet, the Oak Room steakhouse, the CAVE and the Pala Café.

Choices, Southern California's largest buffet, will tempt palates with holiday favorites and many special selections on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. The Oak Room, CAVE and Pala Cafe will offer Christmas Day and New Year's Eve special menus.

Pala's award-winning pastry chef Albert Cruz also will offer his decadent selection of over 80 desserts.

Choices the Buffet

Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., regular menu and pricing; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., $42 per person, plus tax. All-you-can-eat Lobster Buffet. Privileges member discounts apply. Since Christmas Eve falls on Thursday, Choices will serve its Lobster Buffet.

Christmas Day: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; $46 per person, plus tax, discounts apply. Christmas Day menu additions will include Alaskan king crab, Canadian Lobster Tail, Chilled Snow Crab Clusters, Honey Mint Crusted Rack of Lamb, Carved Sushi Station – Shushimi and Salmon, Asian Style Roasted Duck, Carved Whole Tomahawk Steak, Baked Italian Swordfish, New York Steak, Glazed Holiday Ham, Carved Sage Turkey.

New Year's Eve: Lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., regular menu and pricing; 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Steak and Seafood; $46 per person, plus tax, discounts apply.

Special selections will include Canadian Lobster Tail, Hong Kong Style Lobster Claws, Alaskan king crab, Chilled Snow Crab Clusters, Oysters on the Half Shell, Sweet Salmon Filet, T-Bone Steak Grilled to Order, Grilled New York Steak, Glazed Orange Ham, Asian Roasted Duck and Carved Prime Rib Eye.

New Year's Day: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., $46 per person, plus tax, discounts apply

Pearl Pala Privileges card members and one guest will receive a 20% discount, plus tax on Choices holiday menus; Gold level card holders and one guest will receive a 30% discount, plus tax. Platinum members and a guest will receive a 50% discount, plus tax, and Elite members and one guest are free. Choices does not offer children's prices.

Reservations are accepted for parties of eight or more.

Oak Room

On Christmas Day, the Oak Room will offer a dinner entrée for $68 per person of Baltimore Style Crab Cakes and Garlic Shrimp with lemon, fresh dill and house-made tartar sauce; a Vine-Ripened Tomato Stack with buffalo mozzarella, arugula and fresh basil aged balsamic; an entrée of Red and Green Peppercorn Crushed Rack of Veal with candied bourbon sweets, wild mushroom breaded pudding, prosciutto asparagus and garlic sautéed in olive oil with a red wine reduction, and Chef Albert's White Chocolate Yule.

On New Year's Eve, dinner in the Oak Room will be $109 per person and will start with Seafood on Ice consisting of King Crab, Shrimp, Oysters and Lobster Stuffed Avocado with cocktail sauce and mustard sauce,; or, Jumbo Sea Scallops Wrapped in Bacon with crisp Maui onions and barbeque balsamic glaze. Soup or salad choices will be a Lobster Bisque baked in butter pastry or an Oak Room Salad of mixed greens with dried cherries, tomatoes, roasted corn, crispy bacon, goat cheese and glazed pecan with a white balsamic dressing. Diners may select one of four entrees: Filet Mignon Carpaccio with arugula, parmesan, capers and red onions with garlic balsamic aioli; Lobster Tail and Filet Mignon with stuffed potato, baby vegetables and creamy lemon butter; Bone-In Filet Mignon with a loaded potato and corn off the cob, or Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut with arugula, garlic shrimp and tomato. Dessert will be Chef Albert's Baked Alaska.


On Christmas Day, CAVE restaurant will offer a holiday special of Goat Cheese Ravioli Soup with Tomato Consomme, $9; a salad of Artisan Baby Romaine Olives with fried capers, parmesan crisp with Caesar dressing, $9; three entrée selections, New Zealand Rack of Lamb with Rosemary garlic and fingerling potatoes with a pomegranate reduction, $39; Grilled Canadian Lobster with Bloody Mary linguine, $35, and Mediterranean Red Snapper with roasted Fennel tomatoes, olives and capers in a white wine sauce, $35. Dessert will be a Chocolate Yule Log, $9.

On New Year's Eve for $69 per person, CAVE will start with a Surf and Turf Carpaccio with Filet Mignon appetizer that will also offer Ahi Tuna, Avocado and Chipollini or a salad of mixed greens with roasted corn, dried cherries, crispy pancetta tomatoes, white wine balsamic vinegar and goat cheese topped with Cajun pecans. A choice of entrees will include Canadian Lobster Tail on a bed of creamy lemon caper risotto and pan seared Pistachio Crusted Scallops with a butternut squash puree; or a Veal Chop served with truffle whipped potatoes and wild mushroom Madera sauce. Dessert will be Baked Alaska Cherry Jubilee.

Pala Café

Christmas Day: Dinner, $29.95 person

Salad or Soup: Mixed Green salad with choice of dressing or Lobster roasted corn chowder. Entrée: Bone-In Roasted Prime Rib Eye steak with béarnaise sauce, roasted garlic potatoes and baby vegetables. Dessert: Chef Albert's Yule Log.

New Year's Eve: Dinner, $36.95 per person

Salad or Soup: Spring Mix topped with blue cheese crumble and dry cranberries with raspberry vinaigrette or Lobster Bisque. Entrée: Surf and Turf, a 12-ounce strip loin steak with Rosemary potatoes , crab-crusted lobster tail and bacon-wrapped asparagus. Dessert: Bananas Foster.

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