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Sep 26, 2006 08:36 PM

Grayson is divine

Boy I just got back from a fabulous lunch at 900 Grayson. There were so many items on the small menu that looked tempting that I had a hard time deciding. I ended up with a fine bowl of curried squash soup with a tasty crouton on top. At many places, this would have been the star of the meal but with my other dishes, it ended up being rather pedestrian. I also got the seared scallop with pea tendrils, eggplant, some type of roe, and a few Chinese sausage medallions. The pea tendrils were dressed in a light vinaigrette. The server described it as a seared scallop but that the cook was still working on the details. I'm a sucker for scallops so I went ahead and I was glad that I did. My lunch companion and I shared a side of vegetables and these were absolutely outstanding. It was corn, asparagus, mushrooms, an two types of beans in a flavorful broth. I used some of excellent baguette to sop of the last of the broth. My friend ordered the waffle with gravy and seitan--she loved it.

We skipped dessert. The meal was so satisfying that dessert wasn't necessary.

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    1. Was service pretty fast? I'd like to go for lunch, but worry that it might wind up being a 2 hour lunch. Thanks!

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      1. re: Cindy

        Service was prompt. We arrived just before noon and we left right about 1:00 so it was pretty quick. We would have gotten the check a little sooner if I wasn't so keen on the broth from the vegetables!

        1. re: Cheesy Oysters

          Sounds great! I'm looking forward to checking this place out. Thanks.

      2. We were there on the weekend - for breakfast - and it wasn't good. My wife's poached egg was like it was hard boiled and my eggs weren't good either. The service was the slowest I can remember anywhere. Nice silverware and plates doesn't make a good place.

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        1. re: Keith94

          Sounds like you hit them on an exceptionally off day. I've probably had 10 meals there since they opened, including a wide variety of egg preparations. Not a clunker among them.

          Hard boiled, "poached" eggs are inexscusable, though. I would have sent them back.

        2. I've been many times for breakfast and really enjoy it, in fact it's pretty much our go-to place for breakfast now. I do think, though, that the service needs improvement. Everyone is friendly and polite, but sometimes I feel like I have to try really hard to get more coffee, or just get service. That being said, I'm eagerly awaiting dinner service.

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          1. re: oaklandfoodie

            I kind of enjoy the leisurely pace of the service, though I tend to go on Saturdays when my schedule is not at all rushed. I think part of the reason for the relatively slow food is that they prepare everything from scratch and the kitchen is very small.

          2. Have had lunch there twice. Food is fine, service is indeed "leisurely." Can be a bit maddening if you really need something, and there's no waitperson in sight. Our table on the patio was missing one fork; we waited several minutes for a waitperson to appear. When none did we grabbed a fork from another table (which is probably how the fork on our table initially disappeared).

            The patio, BTW, gets a fair amount of noise from street traffic, especially the tables next to the streetside hedge (where we sat.)