Mudd’s Restaurant

Yingwen and I checked out Mudd’s Restaurant last night. Overall it was a good experience. Here’s what we had:

* Hearts of Romaine, Parmesan, Butter Croutons in Chef OttobreΩs Caesar Style Dressing
* Crostini with Fresh Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Basil and Balsamic Syrup
* Pappardelle with Shrimp, Peppers, Sweet Italian Sausage & Tomatoes, Creamy Basil Sauce
* Dry Aged New York Steak Poivrade (rich peppercorn sauce), Mixed Garden Beans, Roasted Yukon Gold Potatoes
* Chocolate Shortcake with Berries and Summer Fruit

Although we of course tried each others’ dishes, I mostly had the Caesar Salad and the Steak, while Yingwen ordered the Papardelle and the Crostini. Of all the dishes, only the Papardelle was somewhat of a disappointment. Yingwen found the large and long noodles difficult to negotiate, and they only portioned out four little shrimp and four little slices of sausage into the mix. She would have liked more in both of these areas. However, the Crostini was incredible, with fresh mozarella and tomato and greens from the garden out back. The Caesar was quite delicious and a very tasty dressing that had a unique fresh flavor to it. The Steak was the best part of the meal – a very lean portion with a delicous Poivrade sauce that permeated the incredibly fresh and crisp garden beans and potatoes, adding a hearty flavor to the whole plate. The Chocolate Shortcake was to die for – fresh pieces of shortcake with tons of fresh peaches and strawberries from the garden, all topped with whipped cream. It was in no way too sweet – just a very natural flavor to the dessert all around which we loved.

The setting is quite nice and peaceful – just an incredibly relaxing atmosphere in a quiet old restaurant nestled among some oak trees in a forgotten corner of town. The service was never too doting, nor were they forgetful. We were seated with a view of the garden and there was a harp player that included freakin’ Stairway to Heaven in her playlist. Highly recommended destination for those looking for an unique East Bay dining experience.