Wood Roasted Prawns, Garlic, Chili, Lemon and Parsley
The prawns were nice and juicy and the parsley garlic, the classic topping brightend the dish.
Roasted Japanese Sweet Potato, Scallion, Togarashi and Jalapeno Yogurt
This dish stole the show. Who knew sweet potatoes could be so tasty? The potatoes were roasted beautifully. The Togarashi elevated the dish and the jalapeno yogurt added a nice creamy kick to this wonderful dish. A must order.
Braised Pork Meatballs, Tomato, Parmesan and Grilled Bread
This were your typical meatballs, nothing special about them. The sauce was not as bright as I like it. The grilled bread was great but it was charred in one side.
Chocolate Pistachio Tart, Crème fraîche, Pistachio Oil
Great end to a very good brunch. The chocolate tart had a deep chocolate flavor and not sweet at all, just the way I like it. The pistachios added a nice nuttiness.
The service at Gjelina was confused and careless as usual. Our waiter wanted to take our order before he even presented us with the menu!! I guess we had to be psychics. At the end when they asked us if we wanted dessert, we said yes, but got the check instead!! We asked someone else that we wanted to order dessert and after a while our original waiter was kind enough to bring the dessert menu to us!! I think when your food is this good, your service should match or maybe because their food is that good, they can get away with subpar service.
Ham and Cheese Croissant
This was a great appetizer before our brunch at Gjelina. The ham was nice and smoky and the cheese might have been brie. The green was an unexpected surprise and was a welcome addition. The croissant itself was nice and flakey.
I had the Rwanda Rulindo that had blood orange and chocolate notes. My husband had the Colombia Bueseco with an apple and cinnamon notes. We both enjoyed our choices. I like the fact that neither one of our coffee was overly acidic.
We have been wanting to try this place for a long time and we finally made it there. The barista was very friendly and helpful. We will definitely be back.
This pork chop was from the Wheat and Sons. It was the best pork chops we have ever made. Very tender with amazing pork flavor and as satisfying as a great steak. It was my first time using harissa and we loved this bold spice.
Ingredients for Harissa: Chili California, Chili New Mexico, Coriander, Garlic, Salt, Cumin, Chili Cayanne, Citric Acid.
The beef was very flavorful and juicy, but the bun fell apart. The reason might have been that they wrap their food and by the time you find a place to seat the bun gets a little soft. It might help if they served their burger in a plate. The sweet heirloom tomatoes elevated the burger.
Suckling Pig Mortadella
This was a tasty sandwich. The salty mortadella went well with the sweet caramelized onions. The greens balanced the sandwich.
We also enjoyed their roasted seasoned potatoes and purchased their delicious pork chops. Much better than the ones from Whole Foods.
My husband liked his almond croissant, but he felt it was a little cakey and heavy.
Pain au Chocolat
This pain au chocolat had the darkest chocolate that I have found in the area and even darker than the one from Payard, Las Vegas. Too bad the center was hollow. What happened to the buttery layers?
Short Rib Benedict
Poached Eggs, Sautéed Spinach, Avocado Hollandaise, Biscuit
At $17, this dish was not satisfying. The biscuits were salty and not very good. Short rib was flavorful, but they didn’t give you enough of it. The best part of the dish were the slow cooked eggs and the delicious avocado hollandaise. At that price they should have either gave you more meat or a side of something.
Hatch Green Chile
Fried Eggs, Shredded Pork, Crème Fraiche, Cornbread
My husband got this dish and he seemed to enjoy it. I took a couple of bites, it was very spicy and very light on the pork. You had to really look hard to find a tiny piece in there. Well, that seems like the common theme lately at Superba. You just feel like you are not getting much value for what they charge you.
We decided that every year around the same time we have dinner at Taco Maria to see how they have evolved as a restaurant. We were very pleased to find their food has refined and has become more creative and daring than last year. There was a little confusion regarding the reservation that I had made earlier in the day over the phone. I asked to be seated at the counter and we were accommodated.
Guacamole with Sesame Seeds and Nori
This had a Japanese twist and was very tasty.
Chilled Cucumber-Melon Soup, Fennel, Hyssop, Blackberry
We both got this dish and enjoyed the beautifully presented, refreshing gazpacho. It had crunchy cucumber pearls, sweet blackberries and fennel.
Geoduck Clam, Abalone, Mayan Octopus, Early Girl Tomato
Very clean flavors and beautifully presented. The fish bowl reminded me of the Red Medicine.
Pescado al Pastor
Grouper, Achiote, Citrus, Braised Lettuce, Green Tomato
I picked this dish and really enjoyed the bold flavors. The grouper was fried perfectly and the citrus butter sauce was so good, I could have licked the plate!!
Frijoles de la Olla
Green & Shelling Beans, Grilled Cabbage, Cueritos, Meyer Lemon
My husband’s pick and a great comforting dish. The beans were cooked perfectly and the broth was delicious. The cabbage was visually stunning.
NY Strip Loin, Heirloom Maize, Peppers, Marrow Chimichurri
One of the reasons we decided to come for diner was somebody raved about their steak, so they didn’t have to twist my arms to make my reservation. The steak was cooked just right and had a deep beefy flavor. The heirloom maize were chewy and the chimichurri was a nice base for this dish. The charred scallion gave the dish a nice smoky note.
pâte de fruit
Since they don’t have a dessert course they ended the dinner with a little sweet treat.