Sunday, March 22, 2009

Village Bistro and Wine Bar - Santana Row

Our first meal of the Girl Spa Getaway on Santana Row was at The Village Bistro and Wine Bar. We were attracted to the California inspired cuisine focusing artisan quality seasonal ingredients right here in our own backyard. The menu emphasized freshness, quality of ingredients and classic cooking techniques. We were sold!

It was past noon when we arrived but Mimosas still sounded delicious. They did not fail!

Elena & Kelly

Amanda & Melissa

My order was the Chardonnay Steamed Mussels. Prince Edward Island Mussels, Andouille Sausage, Saffron, Spicy Aioli, Garlic Toast. Very good!

Elena's order: Heirloom Beet Salad with Wild Rocket Arugula, Toasted Hazelnuts, Ricotta Salata Cheese, Citrus Vinaigrette and a side of Crispy Monterey Calamari. She raved that the calamari was the best ever.

Kelly's order: Wild Mushroom Risotto in Porcini Cream Sauce with an addition of Grilled Salmon. So comforting. Ample portion size as well.

Amanda's order: Egg Bruschetta . 2 Fried Eggs on Grilled Artisan Bread, Crispy Bacon, Balsamic Tomato Relish & Sliced Avocado. She loved this dish however, a too healthy of a schmear of mustard threw off the taste she was hoping for.

All in all we had a lovely time at this little bistro. We started off outside on the sidewalk sitting at quaint table. The weather started to get nasty and so half way through we moved inside. The staff was very accommodating and very sincere. The meal was a smidge pricey but what do you expect on Santana Row. Would I return? Maybe. I want to check out all the rest of the restaurants on the Row first though. 1.5 thumbs up.

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