Hi everyone, I'm new to this list. I've enjoyed the threads and one of these days I'll participate in a chowhound dinner... until then....
Had dinner at Julias on Steiner last Saturday. If youve ever eaten at the Universal Café or Dine then youll be familiar with the menu. I believe the namesake was the executive chef at both. Our total bill came to about $150 (includes tip and wine). What we had:
For appetizers: Seared chicken livers served on a bed of greens and grapes I have always enjoyed this dish at Universal. The chicken livers were done just right resulting in a creamy consistency. I liked that the grapes balanced the flavors. Pork belly with asparagus I only had a taste of this. Ive never had pork belly before they give you quite a big piece so I wasnt sure what to expect. It wasnt fatty or greasy tasting, very tasty with a crispy exterior. This came with potato gratin that was also good. The sauce was brownish tasted like it had horseradish in it. Endive salad with gorgonzola basic salad, was told it was very tasty.
For entrées: Chipolte marinated short ribs served with a corn and cabbage slaw and mashed potatoes the meat was very tender but a bit fatty, and the sauce was a bit over seasoned. The lime served on the side may have lightened it, unfortunately it was too dry to squeeze. I didnt like the mashed potatoes the overall texture combined with the short ribs was too gummy. The slaw was just ok. The corn could have been sweeter. Rib Eye Steak with a baked potato and spinach nothing new or exciting here. Good sized piece of meat with your basic baked potato and spinach. Pasta of the day fettuccini-like noodles served with artichokes and dressed with breadcrumbs. I didnt have a taste of this but my friend said it was just ok.
For dessert we had Profiteroles with coffee ice cream and caramel crème brulee. I think Delfina does a better job with their profiteroles and the crème brulee was a bit watery.
Overall the meal was good but it wasn't great. I don't know if I'd go back -- if I do, I'd stick to the appetizers.
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