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Ventana (TX Culinary Academy) for Lunch

amysuehere | Dec 12, 2002 02:41 PM

Talked some pals into joining me last Friday. Just never got around to posting, because I kept leaving the menu in the car.

My friends couldn't find the place. It's not very well marked. It's on Burnet past Braker on the left in the IBM complex. There's just a little yellow sign at the entrance to let you know it's there.

Bob had the fish and it looked great. The other two had the chicken, and for being meat-n-taters guys, I was impressed with how much they ate. They weren't impressed with the wild rice, but that's no surprise.

James and I shared the Grilled Mixed Brochette $5.95, and the Charcuteries du jour $4.95 (it was a large plate with four mounds each of thin-sliced smoked duck, a very nice cheese and some of the best chutney I've had).

Charcuteries du jour came out first, as it should, and was a lovely presentation. Everything tasted wonderful. One negative was that the toasted French bread slices were far too thick and crunchy to eat with the meat/cheese/chutney. High potential for wearing it. However, there were lovely breads served before ordering that worked quite nicely. I liked the "white" bread better than the heavily infused rosemary bread - personal choice.

Next came the Grilled Mixed Brochette. Again, a lovely presentation. Beef was done exactly to medium rare and had a wonderful smoky flavor, as did the three grilled shrimp. The tuna was overdone, but still had an okay flavor. I let my husband eat most of that. It was served with grilled veggies (asparagus, eggplant and zucchini - all al dente and flavorful). We both were pleasantly full.

Oh. And I must comment on the iced tea. That was a darn good iced tea - clean, crisp and dark. Yeah!

Whole experience took about an hour and a half and our bill came to about $12! One heck of a bargain if you can afford a leisurely lunch.

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