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Mixed review of Cliff’s Edge in Silverlake

AbbyMYPC | Apr 28, 200508:17 PM

First off, I want to say that the garden patio at Cliff’s Edge is beautiful. The center is flanked by a large tree reaching towards the sky and the garden is very Asian-inspired with bamboo and even a thatched roof over one of the tables. There were pillows on some of the benches and overall, the atmosphere is very relaxing.

Now on to the food. I went there for brunch last Sunday and as I mentioned in my heading, I have a mixed review of the food overall.

To start, we served as our appetizer toast and homemade orange marmalade. I forget to ask but I think the toast was some kind of Hawaiian bread. It had a sweetness to it that you don’t see in other words and the flavor of the bread was very good. I could have eaten the toast by itself and would have good with that.

However, the orange marmalade that came with the toast was to die for. It was sweet , citrusy (of course) and chunky. What I liked about it was that it wasn’t overly cloying or too sugary tasting. The combination of the sweetness of the toast and marmalade was just divine. If I had nothing else at the restaurant, but this toast and this marmalade, I would have been happy.

I was the only one in my party that ordered a salad, so I chose the Roasted Beet and Mache salad. While I enjoyed the combo of roasted beets and the greens, the dressing didn’t really have any flavor to it. It was very bland. The only flavor that came from that salad was the beets and really nothing else.

We all shared the butternut squash ravioli and overall, everyone enjoyed this dish, a couple of us felt that the ravioli tasted just a bit too oily and that maybe, they could have cut back a little bit on the brown butter it was cooked in.

For my brunch entrée, I had their rock shrimp frittata and boy, was that a disappointment. I tend to like frittata that is more browned and their frittata wasn’t and in fact, the dish seemed watery to me. I’m not sure why it was so watery. Perhaps they cooked the vegetables too long and forgive me, but I can’t for the life of me remember what vegetables were in that frittata. Maybe, onions and/or tomatoes??? Two other people in my group also ordered the frittata and we were all very disappointed with our choice.

Other brunch entrees that were ordered included their quiche and sausage crepes. Those who ordered the sausage crepes raved about them. The crepes were light and fluffy and the flavor of the sausage had smoky taste that they really enjoyed.

The desserts were a big hit overall. I had a ricotta lemon cheesecake that was soft and creamy and I could have had another slice without any problem. Someone else ordered the lemon and ginger sorbet and she really savored the sour and spicy combination. The other dessert that was ordered was the crepe with caramelized pears and that also was a thumbs up.

In general, I’d go back and try this restaurant again. Perhaps, other choices on the menu (specifically salad and entrée choices) will get me better results. For the most part, I enjoyed my food and like I mentioned earlier, their garden patio is really a great place to dine.


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