Month Visited: 05/11
- Good Meal
05/11 We were warmly greeted by our now regular server, Roger, and shown to a table on the patio shaded by a small tree. Ann ordered her usual Florentine quiche accompanied by a baby lettuce salad and garnished with a segment of cantaloupe and strawberry. My entrée was leek and eggplant crepes in a béchamel sauce with a side salad. Both of the meals were executed to perfection as was the service.
03/11 another revisit: We arrived at 10AM only to discover they now start serving the brunch at 10:30AM. The weather was in the low 70ís so we decided to sit on the patio. I was a bit taken back by the increase in menu prices, approximately 35%, since our last visit in December. Ann again ordered the quiche Florentine with petite salad while I chose the Cordon Bleu omelet served with breakfast potatoes. Both dishes were deftly executed and delicious.
12/10 We revisited Bernard's for dinner on our next trip. My wife ordered the braised chicken mille Feuille with mushrooms, artichokes and garlic topped by puff pastry in a mustard fondue sauce with mashed potatoes. We expected this dish to be somewhat similar to a chicken pot pie, but it was more like a deconstructed pie with very little puff pastry.
My entrÃ©e of marinated white fish in garlic miso served with Asian noodles, crispy vegetables and ginger sesame sauce was also not what I expected. The vegetables were served over, rather than under, the fish making the plate visually unappealing. Although the meal was good, it proved to be a little disappointing in comparison to the one we enjoyed in September.
The following weekend we again enjoyed a brunch at Bernard's. Though we did not receive complimentary glasses of Champagne as we did in September, the meal was equally delicious. This time we each ordered quiche Lorraine accompanied by a petite salad and a few slices of wine poached pear.
09/10 This small Cali-French restaurant offers an expansive patio overlooking both the lake and concert venue. It was very hot evening so we opted for an inside table near the bar. We were provided menus and a basket of warm, crusty bread. Ann chose the pistachio crusted salmon with lavender sauce and pesto mashed potatoes. My entrÃ©e was Provencal seafood (shrimp, scallops and mussels) in a lobster Creole sauce with spinach/cheese ravioli. Both entrees were delicious.
We returned for the weekend brunch; securing a table overlooking both the lake and village on a gorgeous morning. We were served warm crusty bread and a complimentary glass of champagne; the Westies were living large this AM. Ann chose quiche Lorraine which included a bountiful mesclun salad garnished with a strawberry and a cantaloupe wedge. The quiche was the best we have ever experienced, but I was only allowed one small sample. I ordered the Caribbean Chicken salad served over mesclun greens and garnished with large wedges of ripe cantaloupe and papaya.
Would Eat Here Again:
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