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Highs and lows at the not so grand, Grand Lux Café

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Grand Lux Cafe restaurant

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The Grand Lux Café boasts that there’s something for everyone, and you can bet your bottom dollar that you will have plenty of food choices to choose from. With over 250 menu items, you’re sure to find a palate pleaser…eventually, right? Being that the Grand Lux Café is located in the Galleria mall, ones expectations are understandably on a GRAND scale. There were some very high points and also some very low points to this dining experience.

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Upon first entering the establishment the lighting is quite low which sets the perfect atmosphere for a date night spot. However, don't be fooled by the soft lighting and chandeliers, the Grand Lux Café also host family dinners for large and small groups and falls in the casual dining category. Needless to say, the décor was very nice with plenty of chandeliers to add a touch of grandiose.

The menu was mind blowing, with so many choices to select from it was hard to decide. Appetizers consisted of crispy fried pickles with a Remoulade dipping sauce, and a delicious mini lux salad of organic baby spinach, heirloom cherry tomatoes, and garlic croutons with the most tantalizing vinaigrette ever! The Grand Lux Café’s signature vinaigrette is so good it should be bottled up and sold. The appetizers were definitely a high point.

The entrees weren’t all that bad, but they weren’t all that good either. The Madeira Chicken consisted of a moist, succulent chicken breast that was lightly breaded and sautéed to perfection, topped with asparagus and mozzarella served with a side of mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, the entree was swimming in a pool of dark brown mushroom-Madeira sauce that looked and tasted like soy sauce. The mushroom-Madeira sauce overpowered the entire dish, and not in a good way! This entrée was one of lowest points reached at the Grand Lux Cafe and most definitely will NOT make the cut of recommended items to try. Entrée number two, the Chicken Royale, was almost an exact replica of the first entrée, except for the side dishes and that awful sauce. The Chicken Royale’s lightly breaded sautéed chicken breast was deliciously served on top of a white wine butter sauce accompanied with mashed potatoes, green beans, and herbed carrots. Whereas the first entrée was swimming in sauce, the Chicken Royale needed a little more sauce.

One of the highlights to this visit was seeing the dessert counter! Not only does the counter serve as a fabulous display of sugary sweetness, but you can also pick up your to-go orders while you salivate! For dessert try Grand Lux Café’s carrot cake, appropriately called “The Best Carrot Cake”. Although it may be a bit presumptuous to make such a claim as to being the best anything, their carrot cake does earn a top spot! Four luscious layers of gingery-spiced goodness with finely shredded carrots in between layers of decadent citrus cream cheese icing, this carrot cake deserves an encore! Grand Lux Café’s key lime pie is a different story though, and sadly, not a very good one. The graham cracker-pecan crust was delicious and provided a different twist to the usual graham cracker crust, but the custard key-lime concoction left much to be desired. For the same price you can visit your local grocery stores' freezer aisle and buy a whole pie, and if it’s an Edward’s brand key lime pie, it will taste much better than the pie served at the Grand Lux. The only thing that was grand about this key lime pie was the size of the slice, but what good does it make to have a big piece of pie that you don’t care to eat? One other problem with the desserts at the Grand Lux Café is that they heap a lot of whipped cream on top of the desserts, and the whipped cream is not sweet at all and leaves an oily feel in your mouth!

Although this experience was filled with various highs and lows, the service that we received was spectacular, and I would most likely give the Grand Lux Café one more chance to make me a believer, but as of now this café gets two stars along with the new name of the “Not so Grand, Grand Lux Café”.

Share your thoughts, did you have a better experience at this café, and if so, what did you order? Feel free to leave comments about your dining experience below in the comments section and you can also view the extensive menu for the Grand Lux Café here.

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