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Jul 28, 2007 10:15 AM

Birchrunville Store Cafe

Has anyone been to the Birchrunville Store Cafe? Would like scoop about it.

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  1. We were there last summer -- had a delicious meal. It's kind of hard to find -- make sure you get good directions. I can't really tell you anything about the meal except that it was very good. I believe it's BYO and cash only. It was really very far from where we lived (we've moved since) so it was a once only deal for us, but worth it.

    1. We went two years ago and I thought it was wonderful. We arrived a little early and sat on the front porch in rocking chairs with our wine... it is byo. Don't remember if it's cash only. Would definitely agree about directions.... we got lost. It's very tricky to find, so make sure you get very good directions. It's very far for us too, so we probably won't be back very soon. If I can remember what we had, I'll let you know. Oh, and I remember we requested to sit in front of the window and that Jen (pretty sure that was her name) be our server. Nice spot to sit and service was very friendly and informative.

      1. IMHO, this may be the best restaurant in all of Chester County, and maybe even the best of the 'burbs. Everything you've heard about it is probably true: wonderful food, well prepared using fresh ingredients, nicely presented. You have to walk out of the restaurant to reach the restrooms. The ambiance is charming and the service is excellent. It's BYO and, because the menu changes often, it's probably a good idea to phone ahead and ask what's on the menu for that evening so you can pair your wines accordingly. Oh, and it's waaaaay out in the boonies, so you'd better ask for good directions. It's a small restaurant with few tables, so reservations for a Saturday night need to be made months in advance. By all means, DO give it a try, and let us know how you liked it.

        1. We went about a month ago. It's such a great setting, I wanted to love it, but I didn't. I don't recall exactly what we ordered, but I do recall that my husband really disliked his veal. I thought my food was good, but not special. If you are a cheese lover, call ahead: we were told that cheese courses need to be arranged in advance!

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          1. re: vicarious

            I agree. The ambiance is wonderful, but the food is overrated. For instance, their lobster bisque cannot compare to Gilmore's.

            1. re: JanR

              Gilmore's is one of my all-time favorite restaurants, but after last Saturday, I'm giving a slight lead to Birchrunville.

              1. re: CindyJ

                Well I haven't been there in a couple years. Maybe I should give it another try. Thanks.

          2. As luck (and coincidence) would have it, five of us snared a last-minute reservation at Birchrunville Cafe last evening, and dinner was outstanding. Some of our appetizers included a seafood carppaccio with white tuna, ahi tuna and salmon; porcini and wild mushroom crepes; and kobe beef carppacio. Among our entrees were a basil encrusted rack of lamb, veal loin in a madiera sauce and wild boar stuffed with sun dried currants. We shared a few desserts among us, the star of which was a pistachio creme brulee. If there was a disappointment, it was that there were very few fish entrees offered. All in all, this was a wonderful dining experience, enhanced by the selection of champagne and wines that we'd brought along. We brought six bottles, so we could choose our wine appropriately. And, as we found out, last minute reservations ARE possible. In fact, we were first offered an early seating, but couldn't make it on such short notice. They called us back about 30 minutes later with an opening for the later (8:30) seating, which we grabbed.