Saturday, December 15, 2007

Dinner at The Village Pub, Woodside, CA

We'd heard about the food at The Village Pub, and we really enjoyed the chef's food at Spruce in San Francisco, so since we were in the area, we decided to have a quick bite. It was a bit hard to find as the door is unmarked and there is only a small sign, but we made it with the help of a local. Like Spruce, the decor was beautiful, but understated. The restaurant was nice enough to dress up to, but accepted us graciously in our jeans and Crocs. The food was very good overall.

Lobster Bisque Amuse Bouche (gratuit)
Flavorful and just thick enough.

Country Pate $7
Served with a plethora of cornichons and dried cherries, this pate from the bar menu was well priced and quite delicious.

The pate was served with way too much bread.

Oxtail Consomme with Marrow Dumplings $14
The soup was packed with flavor and the dumplings were incredibly tender.

Duck Breast with Foie Gras, Huckleberries and Brussel Sprouts $34
Kind of expensive, but the foie gras piece was quite large. The duck was tender and the skin was perfectly crispy. The brussel sprouts were prepared interestingly, in that the leaves were separated from each other, but not shaved.

Crispy Sweetbreads with a Soft Poached Egg and a Brown Butter Vinaigrette $16
This was a great combo of crispy, gooey and acidic.

An Assortment of Petit Fours (gratuit)
The lemon meringue was good, the rest were just ok.

The Village Pub
2967 Woodside Road
Woodside, CA 94062

Food: 2
Decor: 2
Service: 1

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