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Barnyard for an early dinner

westsidegal Sep 23, 2013 10:02 PM

the high point of the meal was their salmon.
the best salmon i have ever been served. period.

their cheese plate, comes without bread.
to get bread, you pay extra.
two pleasant cheeses that have been selected not to offend the faint of heart.

the homemade raspberry spread that came with the grilled bread, deliciious.

grape salad with burrata (forgot the name), delicious.

crudo. the fish was great, but it was a good thing that it was far enough away from the overwhelming dab of mustard sauce on the plate so that i was able to eat them separately.

price: quality ratio, more than fair.
price: quantity ratio, well, two of us split 5 plates and i just got home from the gelato lounge. . . . .

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    ilysla Sep 23, 2013 11:22 PM

    Price certainly seem reasonable. Was the salmon the catch of the day?

    http://www.barnyardvenice.com/dinner

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      westsidegal Sep 24, 2013 09:23 AM

      yes, it was the catch of the day

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        kevin Sep 24, 2013 12:58 PM

        But portion size is tiny you must keep in mind.

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          westsidegal Sep 24, 2013 01:05 PM

          that's what i was trying to get across in the last line of my post.

          to be full we would have needed at least three more plates.

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            kevin Sep 24, 2013 01:10 PM

            But you know what ?

            It might be a good place to start a restaurant hopping excursion.

            Btw, did you happen to try their much lauded and infamous squash terrine with farmer's cheese ?

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              westsidegal Sep 25, 2013 01:14 AM

              nope.

              imho it's only a place "to start a restaurant hopping excursion" if
              a) you have a lot of bucks with which to work
              or
              b) the remainder of your excursion will be in much less expensive places

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                ilysla Sep 25, 2013 11:02 AM

                So 800 Degrees + Barnyard = really good combination? ;)

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                  westsidegal Sep 25, 2013 01:43 PM

                  too geographically distant from each other.
                  also, if you are just going to order a few things at barnyard, you will still be paying the full bore for their valet parking. . . .

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                    kevin Sep 25, 2013 01:54 PM

                    Or you can find street parking. Though those spaces will more likely be available on weeknights.

                    I still have to go their brunch.

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                    kevin Sep 25, 2013 01:54 PM

                    Yeah, it's almost damn near across town.

                    but lisa if you try it out let me know.

      2. PeterCC Sep 23, 2013 11:35 PM

        Nice report. Been wanting to try this place. Wife loves salmon so looks like maybe we'll check it out sooner rather than later.

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          westsidegal Sep 24, 2013 09:24 AM

          i'd call before going because their menu is not cast in stone.

        2. JAB Sep 24, 2013 06:06 AM

          How was the salmon prepared?

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            westsidegal Sep 24, 2013 09:24 AM

            simply and perfectly

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              kevin Sep 24, 2013 12:58 PM

              I like your pithy though accurate response.

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                Tripeler Sep 25, 2013 03:42 AM

                WSG is very very good at that.

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                  linus Sep 25, 2013 03:28 PM

                  alternatively, she just loves fucking with people.
                  and who doesn't love that?

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                    kevin Sep 25, 2013 03:29 PM

                    now that's what i'm talking about.

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            kevin Sep 24, 2013 12:58 PM

            Your experience sounds like quite a night, WG, what with a nice ending at Gelato Lounge.

            But I have to say the desserts at Barnyard were the best part for me. Think: a novel take on sticky toffee pudding by gilding the lilly with a whiskey sauce and a strawberry tart topped with cream fraiche (in season).

            Thanks for the recent review.

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              westsidegal Sep 24, 2013 01:11 PM

              as it was, it was a costly dinner given my current parameters

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              KTLA Sep 24, 2013 02:34 PM

              Went for dinner about a month ago. Had some kind of octopus salad (was good), roasted pork chops (great), roasted half chicken (awesome) and a variety of other appetizers/salads. Everything was very consistently well executed. Yes the plates are on the small side, but everything is under $20. Love this place!

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