Taste | Law's Restaurant
Written By: Chef Alex Rivas
Photographed By: Jamie Durante
This year has been off to a great start. My mission to taste the flavors of the IE’s food and drink scene has been successful so far, as I have already found many new, hidden gems throughout the IE. When I was invited to Law’s Restaurant in Riverside, California, I was interested to see what all the fresh, new talk was all about, having recently read such positive reviews about the location with its new chef in house.
I arrived to the restaurant located right off The 91 Freeway in Riverside, which makes for a nice place to get off and grab a bite to eat if you’re passing by. The exterior looks modern and inviting with two very nice patio areas you will want to utilize on nice warm days to sit and have lunch. As I walked in I briefly met the new Chef Daniel Hale. He introduced himself briefly and then headed back into the kitchen to prepare a few dishes for us to try out.
Taking a look around, I could quickly see why Law’s is known to get busy for nightlife events as a fairly large restaurant, which hosts pool tables, a live stage for DJ and bands, as well as plenty of other happenings. Being a nice day, I decided to sit in the fairly new patio area, which holds karaoke on some nights.
Going over the menu, I wasn’t given much time to look over it as Chef Hale had already started to roll the ball with some great dishes. We started with a nice and beautifully crafted BBQ Southwest Chicken Salad—its perfectly cooked chicken breast was lightly smothered with house-made BBQ sauce layered on top of a bed of iceberg lettuce mixed with red bell peppers, corn, black beans, cheddar, tomato, tortilla chips and creamy house-made ranch dressing. It was a perfectly balanced salad that I continued tasting throughout my dining experience.
Now, everyone knows you can’t have a salad without soup, and luckily the chef simultaneously served up two warm bowls of savory goodness—Clam Chowder and French Onion Soup.
Next I received a newer dish that you won’t find on the menu, but your server will give you details on as the menu is being updated soon with new items that are sure to please anyone’s taste buds. The Calamari dish came topped with a nice sweet Thai chili sauce, mixed bell peppers and accompanied by a nice pesto parmesan bread. It caught me by surprise as I wasn’t expecting Asian flavors on the menu. This was overall a really well executed dish, especially because the calamari was perfectly cooked, even when considering how difficult calamari can be to prepare.
Next on the list was the daily fish special. On this day, Law’s offered a Grilled Barramundi Fish with grilled asparagus and rice pilaf. Barramundi also known as Asian Seabass, as it is a great substitute for regular seabass and is a sustainable fish. It grabs a hold of the flavors that are added so makes for a great dish all around and today at Law’s it was perfectly cooked and presented beautifully with a tropical salsa on top.
I stopped by Law’s Restaurant on a Tuesday, so it was to my surprise when a plate of The Famous House Prime Rib came out and was placed right in front of me. For those who know me already, you know that hearty meats and I are best friends, and this dish almost didn’t make it to pictures as I was ready to dive in and try a piece.
Just like the rest of the dishes, it didn’t disappoint at all; for me it was perfectly cooked. The crust was expertly seasoned, and it was served with a nice ramekin of au jus for your dipping pleasure. The dish was completed with a side of mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables to add a lighter freshness to this satisfying piece of meat. After this array of delicious tastes, it was easy to see what all the new chatter was all about. This highly recommended dish is normally served Thursdays through Sundays after 4p.m.
Now that I had a good idea of all the great things happening at Law’s, I was served two desserts, both of which had creative and colorful presentations. I think someone has been reading my previous Taste adventures, because somehow Chef Hale knew I am not really a dessert guy, but a nicely made cheesecake or alcohol-infused dessert are my favorites.
I was presented with a nice and creamy Caramel Pecan Cheesecake, which how you could ever go wrong with cheesecake for dessert? Then too add caramel, which is one of my favorites, and pecans for a nice crunch . . . the richness of the flavors packed a perfectly bold punch.
The other dessert, which I have to say was my favorite sweet this day, was a Whiskey Bun. This item tasted very buttery with pecans for a crunch and was perfectly infused with whiskey was a nice touch.
With so many unique, beautifully plated and well-executed menu items tasted, there were additional elements of Law’s Restaurant that make it really special. First, the way all the employees and owners made us feel welcome from the moment we walked in until we walked out the door.
The comfortable, warm atmosphere makes you feel like you’re part of a family, and it was easy to see why a local customer base only continues to grow at Law’s. With the same advantages of being right off the freeway just like Downtown Riverside but without all the traffic, Law’s will attract you with top-notch kitchen creations alongside fun nightlife entertainment happening throughout the week except on Mondays.
It was a pleasure to experience Chef Daniel’s colorful, fresh and distinctive style. I look forward to my next visit to Law’s Restaurant and to see more updates coming soon.
Law’s Restaurant is located at 9640 Indiana Ave., Riverside, CA 92503. For more information call (951) 354-7021 or visit this website. Lawsrestaurant.com
Full Disclosure: This dining experience was provided complimentary by Law’s Restaurant, however all opinions are 100% our own.