Dined at Sarnada's on Valentines Day with my wife and another couple. The restaurant was only 1/3 full that evening, possibly due to the cold weather but more likely to the menu. Unfortunately my wife needed to wear her heavy winter coat throughout the evening to stay warm, even after we notified our waitress of the cold.
The renovations of the interior compared to our prior visits (previously known as Benner St.) were rustic and well-done. The live one-man entertainer was a nice touch for a special evening. However, we were unpleasantly surprised when informed that a pre-selected 6 course menu selected by the chef was our only option @ a prix fixe of $65. We noticed one couple leave after being seated when informed of this
Service and food presentation were good. This is obviously a restaurant for the French "gourmet" diner with very small servings and an emphasis on the sauces. The first 4 courses were one/two bite selections from the Appetizer menu, i.e. crab & cavier, scallops, duck and red snapper respectively. My wife's main course consisted of a miso cod that only gave her 3 bites and my ribeye steak yielded maybe 3 ounces of meat after I trimmed away all the fat. The taste of each course was good but not spectacular. For us the best part of the meal was our bottled craft beer and the final course of homemade ice cream with fresh fruit.
This may be a restaurant enjoyed by the sophisticated elite but it just isn't for us. For $100/person, which included one drink and tip, we expect a more satisfying meal . We can now check French gourmet dining off our bucket list. We'll just accept the fact that we're not sophisticated diners and won't return to Saranda's in the future. As the saying goes "Be careful what you wish for."
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