My first time at The Village Pub. Grabbed the pub burger at the bar.
Came with tomatoes, lettuce, sliced pickles, pickled red onions. The tomatoes were surprisingly ripe in December. I guess having their own farm mattered. Ordered the burger with cheddar, but blue cheese was available. And they had truffles available to shave on if desired. I passed. Flavorful and mellow tasting beef. The pickled red onions were more sweet than tart and tasted bright. Believed the patty was grass fed. Good burger.
Fries were spot on. Crispy on the outside. Still scorching hot when it landed on the counter.
The house bread (not pictured) from the sister restaurant Mayfield Bakery in Palo Alto was pretty nice. Robertson-style. I was surprised, since the bread at a recent meal at Portola Kitchen was pretty crappy. Years ago Portola used Mayfield for their bread, not sure if they still do. If they do, the bread from PK and VP were night and day. Came with a rich 86% French cultured butter.
Service was excellent. Dining room was moneyed old-school.
The Village Pub is from the same group of restaurants that also includes Spruce, The Saratoga and Pizza Antica.