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Verbena

2323 Polk St. (Green St.) Send to Phone
415-441-2323 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Sean Baker's flair for produce might just convert even the most fiercely vegetable-averse.
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Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.
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Verbena Restaurant Review

: Known for his Berkeley restaurant, Gather, chef-owner Sean Baker opened high-ceilinged, neo-elegant Verbena in a neighborhood that boasts as many fine dining hot-spots as others boast bus stops. Salvaged-wood tables, a lofty dark-walled mezzanine dining room and a weathered-brick wall above the bar mirror the flair for innovative sustainability that makes Baker's fare --- especially his all-vegetable plates --- artful in concept, taste and design. Carrots bask in smoked-cashew sauce, beets in hazelnut curds, beef rib in the ancient Roman fish sauce known as garum, frisée in pumpkin-seed milk. The snowy chèvre topping sprouted-seed bread bears an intense, magenta-velvet dust that turns out to be house-made, house-dehydrated beet slaw. Desserts such as sesame-meringue strawberry cheesecake are appropriately produce-forward. Primeval and twenty-first-century technologies maximize simple, seasonal, local ingredients, most grown on one farm especially for Verbena. International wines, local beers and creative cocktails (consider the Gilded Lily: apple scotch, vermouth, cardamom and ale) balance memorable dishes.

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