I was fortunate enough to have lunch at Mayfield Bakery & Cafe last week during a friends and family event (even though I am neither friend nor family!). This is the new restaurant in the Bacchus Group repertoire, which also includes Spruce in SF and Village Pub in Woodside. All in all the food, service and atmosphere is excellent! The decor is rustic elegance - white tablecloth with butcher paper on top, carafe of water for each table, a long bar with seating as well as individual tables and a long banquette with tables. Service was attentive but not overly so (they were also training when I was there but it was still great on their first day).
I ordered the crisp brussel sprouts and a spit roasted chicken salad with warm chicory lettuces, bacon mustard vinaigrette and crisp potatoes. The brussel sprouts were perfectly roasted, not too greasy, with a hint of lemon. It is a very big order - enough for 2 or 3 people as a side. The salad was also quite large - 2 leg/thigh pieces of very moist chicken with a thin, crispy skin. The waitress said it is brined over night and roasted over almond wood (?). Excellent! The chicories were a very nice accompaniment, and there was a nice surprise of 2 pieces of bacon slab/lardons. The potatoes were nicely cooked and plentiful (about 5-6). I was only able to eat 1 piece of chicken - definitely enough to split with 2 appetizers or sides. They serve in a rustic way (in a piece of brown papere) absolutely delicious bread that is baked on site (the bakery is attached). There was a nice wine list, of which I didn't partake, and a delicious looking dessert list, which I also didn't partake in.
The bill was $26 for the salad, sprouts and a diet coke. Nicer than your average lunch. Great for business. Loved it over all and highly recommend! (already added in Links but it isn't showing up yet).
Mayfield Bakery & Cafe
Town and Country Village
Palo Alto, CA