Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Village Pub - Woodside, CA

I'm really not fulfilling my end of the bargain here on the food blogging side of life. One post in November - has to be an all time low for me. I'm going to try and do better I promise. Life gets in the way I suppose.

The Village Pub - my sister's favorite restaurant in the Bay Area (we've been there for Graduation, engagement weekend, birthday dinner, and most recently Thanksgiving catering). When I was out there in October to visit for her birthday and see my new born niece, VP was a natural choice. It's an awesome spot in the hills and seemingly in the middle of nowhere (like most great CA restaurants...) with a cozy atmosphere, long bar, fireplace and casual feel - but also a nod to sophistication and elegance. It's the California way to show up in jeans and blazer and order a burger with $100 wine. They live well. But that's exactly what we were looking for, a nice and causal but elegant and delicious meal. The service is always first rate, attentive and helpful.

We made it a simple meal with two starters, two main dishes and a surprise salad compliments of the chef. I also love how they are more than willing to split anything and everything for no hassle. We started with a lobster and cauliflower flan with sturgeon caviar, and the Monterey Bay Abalone served with a parsnip purée and frisée with a slow poached egg. Our main courses were the chestnut tagliatelle pasta with roasted porcini mushrooms and delicata squash purée, as well as the roasted chicken served with huckleberry financier, toasted hazelnuts and heirloom beets. Wonderful food all around.

The flan was very rich, and with lobster and caviar a little over the top, but very well done. I didn't quite care for the abalone, though I'm not sure what I was expecting. I didn't need the slow poached egg either. The surprise salad was a very nice touch in the middle of the meal and a needed break from the rich starters with fresh crisp lettuce and a nice vinaigrette. Both my sister and I agreed the pasta stole the show and that we should not have shared but ordered two. Very cool presentation followed by amazing flavors, buttery for sure, but nice and great vegetables woven throughout. A standout. The chicken was also good and chicken is hard to impress with. The beets and tomatoes added nice acidity to the plate for balance. We passed on dessert and just stuck with wine. A perfect way to spend the night taking my sister out for her birthday and getting a break from the newborn for a few hours. There's a reason it's her favorite place and I can see why many times over.

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