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Lark Creek Inn report - Long

CherylD | Dec 17, 2005 09:43 AM

We used to frequent Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur until a few years ago when, in our opinion, the food started going downhill. Since we've read that they have new management and a new chef, several of us decided to try it out last week.

Unfortunately, it was one of the worst meals we've had in recent history. The salad with Champagne vinaigrette looked lovely, but lacked seasoning and tasted flat. The butternut squash soup, similarly was one dimensional and needed something to punch it up. Of the first courses that we tried, only the Raviolo was tasty and a dish we would order again.

One of us had the braised pork roast with carrots and cabbage served in a foil bag. The pork was underseasoned, dry as toast and served on a puddle of overcooked, mushy vegetables. Another of the main courses was the New York Strip steak with potato gratin and shredded brussel sprouts. The steak was served medium rare, just as ordered and the presentation was lovely. However the meat was literally too tough to chew and remained uneaten. The potato gratin was the best thing on the plate and we all agreed that it was the highlight of the side dishes we tried. This steak dish was definitely not worth the $32.00 price tag.

The best of the main courses was the simply roasted chicken. It was moist and flavorful, but nothing special. The soft, warm rolls with sweet butter were also tasty.

We all felt that the food doesn't live up to what you'd expect for the price. With first courses in the $10 - $12 range and main courses in the $25 - $32 range, we expected much better preparation.

The building is still charming and the interior has been updated slightly, but without the food to back it up we won't be going back any time soon. We left feeling that we had wasted the time, the money and the calories.

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