“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” –Virginia Woolf
After years of indifferent, faux French cuisine and bad service, it looks like the Larkspur Left Bank Brasserie finally got it right.
Last Sunday, on the spur of the moment, we decided to go the Left Bank for brunch.
We arrived around 1:00 pm and were seated right away. In the past, a disagreeable (bordering on rude) hostess gave an unpleasant welcome to people who dared showing up without reservations.
This time, without having to flash a Global Entry security pass we were promptly seated.
Restaurateurs should never forget that the smile or the frown of the hostess sets the tone for the dining experience.
Since the weather was clement, we opted to seat outside.
The patio of the Left Bank is dog friendly and we dined surrounded by a multitude of four-legged beasties. Personally, I think that dogs should be accommodated in any restaurant. They are usually better behaved and less troublesome than some overindulged brats.
Brats could be seen, not heard!
The brunch menu is not large but varied and reasonably priced. Every dish is priced between $11.00 and $16.00.
I ordered the Assiette de Saumon (smoked salmon, radishes, crème fraiche, capers) and my dining companion opted for a Lamb sandwich.
We were both pleased with our choices.
Our waiter was friendly and diligent and we did not have to fiddle with our smartphones waiting for our dishes to materialize.
After years of wandering in the restaurant wilderness, it looks like the Left Bank finally found its mojo again.
A pleasant dining place. I give it my seal of approval.