I reviewed Cafe Juanita several months ago after our first visit. We only ordered entrees that time but decided to go all out this time around. Skipped lunch to make sure we had an appetite for multiple courses.
We had reservations for 10/11/13 - were seated promptly. Table was in the middle of the room so we asked for and were given a table along the wall.
Order the octopus and procuitto/melon appetizers. The procuitto/melon was good. BF said the octopus was ok - it was heavy and flavorless so he wouldn't order it again.
We next ordered the small goat cheese gnocchi w/ beef heart dish to share. The gnocchi was excellent though the portion was tiny. Would order the large one next time. BF ate the beef heart and said it was good.
For entrees we ordered the Wagu strip steak and lamb. BF loved the lamb and the portion was decent. The Wagu came with carrot puree and grilled endive. I'm not a fan of grilled lettuce so asked for a substitute. Was brought the equivalent of about 3 small mushrooms as a side - along with about 3-4 oz of steak - that's it. So, since I don't eat mushrooms either I only ate the small steak portion - for $45. Was disappointed in the lack of effort to substitute something more substantial (I had asked for the chickpea gnocchi). I was still pretty hungry after eating the entree - which is rare. Also, based on diners around me, the entrees (lamb, duck, rabbit, fish) all seemed to be quite a bit more substantial than the steak entree - not sure why.
For dessert we ordered the nectarine sorbeto and panna cotta. Both were excellent, though not usually a nectarine fan. The sorbetto was smooth and refreshing and 2 small scoops was plenty. The panna cotta was like eating vanilla air and the honey with it was excellent.
For drinks, Bf had 2 glasses of wine and I had 1 pop. Took us about 2.5 hrs total as well, so plan plenty of time if planning multiple courses.
Total bill was $190 plus tip which was okay since we were expecting it. Overall, we'll go back again but for picky eaters it's a challenge. They are definately willing to omit ingredients if they can but don't expect that you'll actually get a substitute. Call ahead to see what they can offer - that's what I'll be doing next time.