Restaurants & Bars 1

geranium

bandit | Sep 29, 2004 12:24 PM

Couldn't find a review of Geranium in Bernal, so I thought I should share....I have been twice, so not a breadth of experience but enough to post and make recommendations..

For appetizers the salads are sufficient, but we really enjoyed the won-tons, they were sweet potato I believe and very tasty, the ginger dipping sauce was a really great complement (I might have the ingrediants wrong, i am not a professional)...

Free-Form Lasagna Layered with spinach and oven roasted tomato in a sherry walnut cream: I have had this twice and both times it was excellent, especially considering i don't like lasagna, the sauce was delicious, the 2nd time there was too much oil for my tastes, but the spinach was cooked to perfection (not soggy and tasteless)....the tomatos were sufficient but they should find out where Chez Papa is getting their tomatos....

All American “Eat” Loaf Mixed nut and bean loaf served with garlic mashed potatoes, braised dinosaur kale and roasted onion sauce- DO NOT EAT: None of us (out of three) liked any thing on this plate, but none of us are vegetarians either...The mashed potatos were bland, the kale was bland and the eat-loaf was not just bland but offensive to our palates...even the onion sauce was tainted, but it could just have been our strong reaction to the bean loaf??? try it and post if you're an actual vegetarian, I find taste is usually a factor of your current "palate" as it were....I personally haven't eaten red meat, chicken or pork (a vegetarian who eats seafood essentially) in 2 years but still couldn't stand this entree...

Polenta Creamy polenta with fava beans, asparagus, peas and a fresh basil oil: this was delicious although i don't like olives and am glad I was just tasting this instead of having it as my entree, the polenta was sufficiently creamy but not overcooked, the flavor was excellent, there was even brocollini which was an unexpected treat !!

The first time we went I had the cheesecake which was off the charts great, it had bacalava (sp) and was exceptional, we had the apple tart the next time, which was ok but i wouldn't order it again...but i don't like cold desserts, so again it could be me....

Overall the service is sufficient for the bay area, parking was actually easy and the price was ok...although in some parts of the country you can actually get southern/comfort food that is delicious and cheap, but i imagine your paying for the modern-funky atmosphere here...

I will say that it was light years better than a similar place in Chenery park, I think that place should be forced to change its description as a southern/comfort food place and just say california cuisine...

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