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Review for LAVANDA in Palo Alto

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Review for LAVANDA in Palo Alto

Paula R | Jan 9, 2006 12:23 PM

This past Friday night was my and my husband's third time dining at this restaurant in as many years. Despite the length of time between visits the consistency is remarkable. I wanted to finally share a review for this wonderful wine-oriented spot.

Small tastes - the menu offers a selection of about 10 small tastes and you may choose 3 for $15. We had the marinated calamari, marinated artichoke and fresh anchovies. The small plates are ok - frankly the marinated items were way too vinegar-y for my taste. You might want to pass them up altogether and go directly to the small plates.

Small plates - a selection of about 5, including a couple of salads. We had a salad and an awesome roasted porcini on crostini which was served with a poached egg and truffle oil.

Entree - we split what we thought would be one veal chop but you actually get 2 very large chops in a single order. We ordered them medium rare and they arrived cooked to perfection - nicely charred on the outside and moist inside. They were served with a kind of lemon-buerre blanc sauce with capers and roasted garlic spinach.

Dessert - probably the best chocolate bread pudding I've ever had.

The service is professional, friendly and knowledgeable of both menu and wine list (which, by the way, is extensive and well-priced). Utensils and plates were replenished promptly with every course. Th

Dinner for the two of us, including 2 glasses of Champagne, 2 glasses of wine and 2 glasses of port and tip was about $250. That's obviously pretty steep but you could easily have a full meal and not spend nearly as much by forgoing alcohol altogether or making less expensive selections.

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