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Il Grano Lunch today - "Dine-Out" Menu

Paige H. | Aug 16, 2005 06:04 PM

I suppose that anyone with a smile and nourishment might have caught my fancy after a 45 minute foray into the hell that is Santa Monica Blvd, yet I do believe I would have been just as happy had I been chauffered to the restaurant.

Arrived a few minutes before noon. The restaurant, quite smartly designed, was empty. I was shown to a nice table underneath the air conditioning unit, which meant that I spent the better part of my meal feeling like I was very far away from a southern california summer.

I started with a glass of Chianti, the only one by the glass. Pretty tasty, but I hesitate to believe it was more than 3.5 ounces, which is okay, (it was after all, barely noon) but I also wondered why they would charge me $11.

Two delightful cornmeal crusted rolls appeared. They looked and smelled beautiful, yet I had to request olive oil. (I am sure they would have been okay on their own) My first course was heirloom tomotoes with burrata. Living so close to Bay Cities, I have an intimate relationship with Burrata. While the presentation was beautiful and the tomotoes were indeed fresh, ripe and lovely, the cheese was either extremely cold or was in fact mozzerela. I should have asked, but quite frankly, it was tasty and I was hungry.

Next course was skate in a lobster bisque sauce. Truly unbelievable. The sauce was light and bursting with flavor. The dish was accented with chunks of lobster, a nice and abundant array of vegetables and a very healthy portion of fish, which was lightly sauteeed.

The meal finished with a trio of gelato; espresso, nutella and vanilla; all of which were spectacular.

The meal included a free bottle of San Pellegrino. The lunch special was $20, which I felt was very inexpensive for the quality of food. The service was doting, but comfortable and I left curious that the restaurant was still empty.

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