Delius makes eating elegant

delius.jpgBy Heather Posey
Staff Writer

For those looking for a little extra fancy with their feast or for a place to celebrate the beginning of a new year, Delius offers an upscale sanctuary for people looking to eat, drink and be merry.
Located at its new location in Signal Hill, the restaurant and bar moved in July from its Long Beach location, where it had been for the last three decades. The move was one newest Delius owner Dave Solzman was happy to make.
“We moved to be in a better location,” said Solzman. “We’re excited to be in Signal Hill and have been well received [by residents].”
Solzman, who seized the opportunity to rebuild his restaurant from scratch, made a few extra improvements to go with the address change. Along with the new location, Delius also offers lunch and has a full bar, something the specialty restaurant has never had before.
“We specialize in prix-fixe, which is French for ‘price-fix’ and is very common in Europe,” Solzman stated. “You get one meal for a certain price and it is usually a multi-course meal. It’s kind of what we’re known for.”
Delius turns dinner into an elegant production with its seven course prix-fixe menu, served in the restaurant’s luxurious private room which is specially designated for the occasion. According to Solzman, a typical prix-fixe meal starts with hors d’oeuvre and an appetizer course, soup, a first course preceding the main course, then a fruit and cheese plate and finishing off the meal with dessert.
“The menu also changes every two weeks and the proportions are sized small, so it’s not like eating seven entrees,” said Solzman.
After working in the restaurant industry for many years, Solzman is very pleased to give the residents of Signal Hill and Long Beach a piece of Europe on a plate.
“People who dine over there [in Europe] do more than just go out to eat, it’s the entire evening’s entertainment,” he said. “It’s not something you do before going somewhere; it’s what you’re going to be doing for the evening.”
Delius is now taking reservations for its New Year’s celebration, which takes place on Monday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Guests requesting the restaurant’s prix-fixe room must make reservations at least 24 hours in advance. For reservations and more information, call (562) 426-0694 or visit www.deliusrestaurant.com.

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