I judge a restaurant based on a) how much I enjoyed my experience and, b) how well this restaurant caters to celiacs on gluten-free diets. Va de Vi Bistro and Wine Bar in Walnut Creek, California gets full marks and a tip of the hat for their performance last Friday night.
First off, our waiter was excellent. Despite the fact that the place was packed, he was always around when we needed him, and spent time to clearly articulate our options and elaborate on any of the dishes we had questions on. As for the gluten-free menu, I simply asked and he consulted with the chef, returning with a menu marked up with the chef’s recommendations for me. More than half the menu was entirely acceptable with little to no modification.
The wine choices were great. I went with a couple of shiraz choices, and the Jade Mountain was delicious. I have never been disappointed with this winery so far.
For dinner, we started out with the Thai Chicken Papaya Salad. It was a delicious crisp starter with an interesting and unique flavor.
Next came the Pommes Frites, basking in garlic and parsley, but not greasy at all. Those were too awesome.
I ordered the Sauted Savoy Spinach, which just barely blanched in hot grapeseed oil, garlic, and lemon, garnished with some delicious cherry tomatoes. This may have been my favorite, were it not for…
The Organic Hanger Steak was Kobe beef and just about perfect. Yes, I think this was my favorite.
That was not enough for us, so we ordered the Grilled Korean Style BBQ Wagyu Beef to finish it off. This was the same Kobe as the Hanger steak, and extremely tasty. I liked the Maui sweet onion kimchee on top.
Dessert was an espresso. All in all this was well done and I’ll go back again real soon.