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Julia

tess | May 23, 2002 03:08 PM

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 Julia’s on Steiner last Saturday. If you’ve ever eaten at the Universal Café or Dine then you’ll 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. I’ve never had pork belly before – they give you quite a big piece – so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It wasn’t 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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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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