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Monday
Mar302009

Julienne offers great flavors and presentation

A new kid on the block, Julienne is named after the culinary term “portion of food cut into shortthin strips” is doing some nice work as it gets it’s leg’s. Making the effort to use locally sourced produce, sustainably raised seafood and meats whenever possible; owners Justin and Emma West come from a culinary school background. I believe that Justin’s family was in the business as well. Chef de Cuisine Richard’s came over from the Wine Cask to help create an ambitious, varied and interesting menu. They offer á la carte items, as well as a tasting menu with either 3, 5, or 7 course selections. Priced at $45.00 to $85.00 they offer wine parings at additional charge.

Menu items we tried included a Ballotine of Chicken with a warm german styled potato salad and baby carrots. This was a great idea but somehow missed the mark. The Crispy Kurobuta Pork Belly done with a Brussels Sprout Hash, Bacon and a Spicy Maple Gastrique (a thick sauce produced by reduction) looked great.  A Salad of Organic Greens, Gorgonzola and Dried cranberries, Walnuts with a sweet Balsamic Vinaigrette was well prepared. We shared a wonderful and inventive Creme Brulee Napoleon done with Phyllo Crisps and Peach Coulis. Service was a bit slow on the night we visited, with a large break between courses on what seemed to be an otherwise slow evening. Good, food friendly wine list. And… a recent plug from Anthony Bourdain will help keep them growing.

(0 to 20) off the vine rating:
food: 16
service: 13

vibe: 15
price: $$ to $$$


138 E Canon Perdido St
Santa Barbara, Ca
(805) 845-6488
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