Select Cafe in Belmont
- DoggieMama Mar 20, 2008 06:38 AM
This place is awesome! It's a tiny, very simple restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, all prepared by one chef, who speaks French better than English. Both times we've been there it's been just the chef and one waitress, and since I am estimating they only seat 20 people or so in their small space, there is no downside to the small staff.
The food is delicious! Dinner is always "chef's special", with a few standard appetizer/salad plates, like pate plate, brie plate, tomato and fresh mozzerella. Last night the three offerings were lamb stew, some kind of chicken and some kind of steak. We both went with the lamb and it was phenomenal. Had the pate plate to start, which was also great (chicken liver). And last Sunday for brunch, I had the best spinach quiche I think I've ever had. Hands down.
Reasonably priced, and the best feature, in my opinion, is that you bring your own wine. If you're looking for a home-cooked meal that you don't have to cook yourself, this is the spot!
If you're going to go for dinner, call ahead, as their hours seem to be variable depending on how busy they are and other factors. Last night, for example, they told us they were only serving until 8. We got there at 10 of 8 and never felt rushed, straight through espresso and homemade berry tart for dessert.
Funny, I know some people love this place, but it breaks me up to spend as much money as he charges for entrees to eat on the corner of School & Belmont streets in a little storefront that's chilly. Their food is pretty good, but just not worth the price for the location and surroundings, in my opinion - we live in the neighborhood and literally NEVER go there . . . .