How are they out of chocolate cake at the first dinner? I took a lot of LDs last summer and never ran into that issue.On Starlight 14 out of LAX yesterday, despite a very full train, it seemed like anyone who wanted to eat in the diner was able to get a reservation. $45/person for dinner is quite steep in my opinion, especially for the quality of the food, but there were quite a few coach passengers we saw take up Amtrak on the offer. The crew were very nice and were pleasant. Having said that, we had two problems with our meal:
- There were three of us dining, two steaks and one salmon. The steaks came out quickly but my wife's salmon took a solid 15 minutes longer to come out. They made an announcement shortly after that salmon and chicken were going to take an extra 20 minutes. It was a bummer to not be able to eat our mains together.
- Since the salmon took so long to come out, they ran out of the chocolate cake my wife ordered. They were literally carrying the last piece by while letting us know there wasn't any more. I know this happens, but we had ordered all three courses at the start of the meal. The cheesecake she got as a replacement came frozen inside. Issues like this don't bug me when I'm traveling in the sleeper, but when I'm paying $45/person+tip for the meal, it feels different.
Anyways, here's the food pics.
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Soft, warm rolls were brought out shortly after we ordered. Maybe I'm simple, but this was one of the best parts of the meal!
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The shrimp appetizer with a Thai chili sauce. It was okay.
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The capresse skew appetizer. I liked this. The vinegar sauce was a little on the sweet side, but I'd get it again.
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The steak. Vegetables were flavorless, and I wish you could still get a baked potato with it, but I overall enjoyed it.
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The salmon. It's always a little dry, but was overall decent. Again, it'd be nice to be able to pick your sides.
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The cheesecake. It was frozen inside. This is something that seems to happen a lot on Amtrak. The flavor was good though.
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The lemon cake. I really liked this. It was light and fluffy, and not frozen inside! Not everyone loves lemon, but I do. Wish we could have tried the current chocolate option to compare.
Maybe they load less cakes onboard since they seem to not offer the dinner deserts at lunch anymore, and instead offer the buttercake or brownie. Either way, that’s still kinda surprising.