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Venus was its name

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I don’t know if y’all know this, but I broke my ankle a few weeks ago, and had to get surgery too.  In the meantime, I’ve been hobbling around on crutches.  I’m well enough to come back to work, but you know what I miss (besides being ambulatory)?  Going out to lunch.

I have this rule that I will only eat one meal out per day, for the sake of my wallet and my health.  Usually, I like to go out for lunch because it allows me to take a break in the middle of the workday to go outside and enjoy some sunshine.  I’ve blogged about a lot of my usual lunch spots (pho, ramen, burritos, etc.), but sometimes I want to step up my game.  And when I want to do that, I go to Venus.

Venus is a fancy little restaurant that serves organic, seasonal food that is prepared well and presented nicely. (Translation: their menu is slightly pricey but not too bad.)  I like that, on weekdays, they serve breakfast until 2:30pm, which makes you feel like it’s the weekend instead of some boring old weekday lunch.

A few weeks ago, DL and I decided to treat ourselves to a lunch at Venus.  She ordered soup and salad.  The soup, of some creamy vegetable genre that I can’t recall, was unfortunately very bland.  I ordered the grilled chicken over risotto cake, served with asparagus, which was so good.  The risotto cake was a puck of risotto that had been fried crispy on the outside and was incredibly flavorful and rich.

Savoring the smell of the soup...

Savoring the fragrance of the soup...

My grilled chicken over risotto cakes.

My grilled chicken over risotto cakes (hidden under the chicken).

To top it all off, DL offered to pick up the tab, which was really sweet.  Goes to show you that there is such a thing as a free (gourmet) lunch.

Author: Jen

Howdy! My name is Jen and I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I like to eat, run, and blog, but not usually at the same time.

One thought on “Venus was its name

  1. That is most excellent and it looks v. pretty! I took M to Venus years ago (before I swore off Berkeley – I know, I know) and we loved it! It was a late afternoon brunch on the weekend and super tasty and friendly. Mm.

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