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Va De Vi Update [Walnut Creek]

SLRossi | Jun 20, 2014 09:36 AM

Most recent post I could find was from 2011, so here's my update:

Once upon a time Va Da Vi was a go to place for me and clearly one of the best options in the WC/Lafayette area. Based on my visit Wednesday evening it's clear that the food has slipped... far. After some very positive press a number of years ago I remember the staff getting self-important and that's what kept me away for a few years. At least I can say that the hostess and waitress were both friendly and as attentive as possible considering her section was split indoors and out, so at least that was no longer a problem on my visit.

The food was lack luster, with a clear theme of under seasoning. There was not one dish I would order again. We had:

Beet salad - Needed salt and some acid.
Tempura fried stuffed squash blossoms - Filling was good as was the spicy sauce over the top, but the coating was way too thick and not very tempura like and ended up undercooked and chewy.
Ceviche aquachile - Needed salt and had nearly zero heat. Isn't heat requisite in this dish? So bland...
Grilled prawns with bacon grits - Best dish of the evening. Prawns were super simple but cooked correctly and seasoned. Grits were just ok.
Lechon - The pork belly came on too thick/big pieces of relatively chewy/gooey rice cakes. The sauce was like a thick sweet and sour. The dish was kind of a gloppy mess once you started eating it. The pork belly itself was tasty (is it ever not?) when you ditched the rest of the mess.

The glass wine list is still long with interesting choices from around the globe. The wine was the best part of the meal by far.

It will take some very positive press for me to bother returning in the future. I'm so sad to see one of my old favorites fall so far.

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