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Quick review of Lavanda in Palo Alto

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Quick review of Lavanda in Palo Alto

Wendy Lai | Feb 7, 2006 03:15 PM

A friend suggested this place when were were heading down South. I made a reservation without checking Chowhound. And even though the reviews I found here were older and not all encouraging, we went anyways.

Overall it was a pleasant experience. The food was well prepared and for the portion size and atmosphere, I didn't think they were over-priced as some other posters suggested.

The 3 for $15 small taste starter was especially a good deal. From a selection 12 or 14 small items, you pick three. I picked chilled grilled calamari, marinated mushroom and tuna conserva with capers. I blame myself for not asking what tuna conserva was, it turned out to be cooked tuna, which was dry to my taste. But the other two items were delicious, tart and refreshing.

Entree was grilled leg of lamb and seafood fregola. My husband had the lamb and he prounced it perfectly cooked, a tad over medium, and the best lamb he's had in a long time. I had the fregola, and again, my fault for not asking what fregola was. I'd assume it was some sort of pasta, since it was grouped with all the other pasta dishes. And it probably was, but fregola turned out to be round balls of dough? Kind of like round starchy barly balls. Still, the seafood part was nice and the leftover tasted quite delicious the next day.

We shared a coffee creme brulee. The downside. The portion was too large, and the custard was a bit like a pot de creme and not so much a creme brulee.

My husband had an superb glass of merdoch (sp?) wine.

Total bill was around $110 for two of us.

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