Our recent dining experience proved that Seta in Whittier is still one of the best restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley.
Our acquaintance with Chef owner Hugo Molina extends back decades to when he had a restaurant in Pasadena and the Southern California Restaurant Writers named him Chef of the Year.
Seta has much to offer. It includes two bar lounges, an artfully contemporary designed dining room as well as a private dining and conference room.
Ably assisting Hugo is his wife and partner, Aricia Alvarado, who besides being a pastry chef acts as general manager.
Hugo lists his menu as a steakhouse but the menu shows concepts of both Latin and Asian fusion that display his original, creative concepts in cuisine.
The two bar lounges display a large number of original cocktails as well as popular local brews. The one intimate bar lounge is open on weekends till 2 a.m. with live entertainment.
Our dinner included a Dungeness Crab Cake and whole prawn on a bed of flavored mashed potato. Here steaks arrive with a choice of five unique sauces.
We also marveled at a dish with squid, applewood bacon, wild mushrooms and an orange champagne beuerre sauce.
Our dessert was a stacked strawberry shortcake.
Seta is located at 13033 Philadelphia Street in the heart of downtown Whittier. There is ample off street parking directly across the street from the restaurant. For more information call 562 698-3355.