Friday, October 22, 2010
Restaurant: Traditions, Tustin
A perfect 10, Traditions has delicious food, an expansive buffet, and top-notch customer service -- all served in an elegant, Indian-inspired atmosphere.
The Details: I was debating, mostly with myself as Nick's learned to tune these things out, on what constitutes a 10 Pepper restaurant. Obviously, I want to reserve this designation for only the best-of-the-best. I've given out an 8 and a 9 on saagAHH, but I didn't have any question about giving them a 10 because I could pinpoint something that could be improved. What if, I asked, a restaurant has outstanding food, a lovely decor, and in every other aspect from the parking lot to the customer service, there's not a single flaw that my discerning eye can spot -- is that a 10 Pepper restaurant?
Nick looked at me like: What else do you want? For a genie to come out of the kitchen after your meal and grant you three wishes?
Well, first of all, um, yes. But second of all, I'm slowly losing hope that that's ever going to happen, so I think the flawless everything else thing will certainly be enough.
And I'm happy to award Traditions in Tustin with the first 10 Pepper rating.
To be fair, prices on the sit-down menu are above what you'd pay at many other mid-range restaurants. Veg entrees are about $10.95 chicken about $11.95, lamb about $12.95, and seafood about $14.95. (All include rice.) And Nick says he'd give Traditions between an 8 and a 9. For him, the food didn't quite merit a 10. Though he said he'd definitely highly recommend it to other diners.
The decor is lovely, with peacock feathers in vases on each table and Indian artwork and fabric designs on the walls. Three of the walls are brick, giving the space a unique look. Also, the arched-back chairs add an elegant feel. To top off the motif, our server brought us a peacock feather pen with which to sign the credit card receipt.
By the way, there's also a huge parking lot. Score!
If you've been to Traditions, do you think it deserved the 10 Pepper rating? What restaurants in your area are worthy of this distinction?
Traditions, 14131 Red Hill Ave., Tustin 92780. (714) 508-5959.