With summer officially in high-gear, Rare by Drai’s, Victor Drai’s Sunset Plaza steakhouse is now open on Sunday nights and is launching a new bar/patio menu with a series of weeknight events: Rare Summer Exclusives a season-long celebration of food, drink, bar and patio dining.
Executive Chef Patrick Florendois introducing new summer menu creations, combined with the new bar and patio menu called Bite at our Bar. In addition, Rare will now feature weeknight experiences ranging from no corkage on Mondays to Rare Uncork’d on Tuesdays to tantalizing Champagne, Oysters & Caviar on Wednesday & Thursday nights.
The bar and patio at Rare provide the ying to Rare’s main dining room’s yang the bar, lounge and patio are not merely waiting spaces before dinner; they are designed to be the social gathering spot of the restaurant experience with the lounge featuring an expansive bar and 33 seats, while the patio presents is an intimate, relaxed space with a crisp, white hue, large open windows, shimmering candles and a design lighter and more casual than the dining rooms. To go with more relaxed setting, Florendo has designed a new menu that captures the spirit of summer and the two front-of-house spaces. Beginning on July 7, the new, Bite At Our Bar menu is available all night in the bar & lounge and exclusively in the patio from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The new Bite at Our Bar menu includes the first-ever Drai’s Classic Cheeseburger featuring grilled onions and Tillamook cheese to a Steak Frites, which comes with a selection of house-made sauces to a refreshing Grilled Peaches and Burrata on a crispy ciabatta with aged balsamic and petite basil. The full Bite at our Bar menu includes:
- Drai’s Classic Cheeseburger
- Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad
- Steak Frites
- Skuna Salmon & Frites
- Spicy Tuna Tartar
- Steamed Mussels
- Grilled Peaches and Burrata
- Parmesan Truffle Fries and Truffle Mac and Cheese
In addition to the new patio-inspired menu, Florendo’s new summer-inspired main dining room items are highlighted by a cool yellow tomato soup, a refreshing heirloom chilled watermelon and a fresh house-made peach cobbler.
For those looking to take advantage of the summer with early mid-week dining, Rare has created “Summer Exclusives” which range from personalized cocktails to a selection of fine wines featured at 50% off their menu prices to a classic pairing of oysters, champagne and caviar.
Rare Summer Exclusives include:
Monday Nights – No Corkage Dine with your personal favorite red and white wines from home and enjoy them in the sultry setting of Rare’s dining room and patio with no corkage fee.
Tuesday Nights Rare Uncork’d An extensive wine menu has been selected to pair with the great steaks and seafood, Rare presents a new weekly ritual with a selection of their finest wines available for 50% off.
Uncork’d List includes: Ojai Vineyard, “Bien Nacido Vineyard,” 2009/Soliste, “Nouveau Monde” Monoclone, Sonoma Coast, 2011/Hirsch Vineyards “Reserve,” Sonoma Coast, 2010/La Jota “Howell Mountain,” Napa, 2007/Mt. Brave, Mt. Veeder, 2009/Chataeu Cos d’Estournel, 2007/Saint-Amour, Moilard, Beaujolais, 2009/Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Chateau de Beaucastel, 2009/Bararesco, Bruno Giacosa “Asilli” Faletto, 1999
Wednesday & Thursday Nights Champagne/Oysters & Caviar The weeknights will take classy turn with the addition of two nights of hand-selected oysters and caviar paired with Piper Champagne.
Posted By: Alexis Perry