Saturdays tend to be when most restaurants are overcrowded, but thankfully, as a patron, on the Saturday my husband and I went, it was not. We visited the Grand Lux Café located in the Cherry Hill Mall, on a late afternoon around four.
Grand Lux Café was created by the awesome people who have brought us the Cheesecake Factory and this restaurant should make them proud. Everything about the Grand Lux Cafe alerts you that you’re going to have a good dining experience, from the free valet parking , the friendly staff, to the tasty made from scratch food that they happily boast about.
The layout has an open concept, where if you stand in a certain spot, you can see clear across the restaurant, and the décor is tasteful and beautiful. We were seated in the back near the kitchen, which could get a bit noisy I can imagine on a busy night, but we were comfortable.
Pricing at the Grand Lux Café is pretty reasonable, especially considering that their dishes are all made in house. Our waitress, Alexandra, was the perfect example of a knowledgeable and cheerful host. She advised us about the lengthy menu, gave us an option to order our dessert with dinner, and mentioned the drink special of the day, which was the margarita. Needless to say, we took her up on all the advice she gave us that day.
My husband had the strawberry lemonade, I had a margarita on the rocks, and it was great! I ordered two small appetizers as my main course, which were the duck triangles and the macaroni and cheese skillet. The macaroni and cheese was very good. The duck triangles were perfect and my favorite dish of the night. The small plates run anywhere from $5-$7.
My husband had the Cajun chicken and shrimp jambalaya. He said it was good, but that he wished the cook would have mixed everything together with the rice so that the rice would not have been dry. At the cost of almost $20, I think he’s going to pass on getting that dish again.
To end our meal, I ordered the pineapple upside down cake, and my husband had the peach cobbler. My husband jokingly asked if the pecans that came on the top of his peach cobbler could be given to me, because he disliked nuts, and Alexandra gladly obliged. I asked if the macadamia nuts that came with my dessert could be left off and that request was granted.
It actually pains me to say this, but my dessert was too sweet. I scraped off the pineapple, which helped reduced the sweetness and I was able to enjoy it, but it would have been perfect if the sweet factor was toned down just a tad. My husband enjoyed his cobbler, but said he wished the crust had a bit more crunch around the edges to it.
Everyone’s tastes are different and I know it’s hard to cater to every customer’s tastes buds, which is why I’m more than happy to recommend this restaurant, because our minor complaints were indeed minor. I’m looking forward to trying their brunch menu, so we’ll definitely be back.