By Kevin Leap and Steven Persitza
You can't help but feel immediately cozy at Burgundy. Occupying the charming and historically recognized Geranium Cottage on La Jolla's Kline Street, Burgundy is as if you were visiting your favorite aunt's house - the one who can cook - for dinner.
The magically transformed building now boasts an intimate and inviting dining room, and the garage as a wine bar. A former front yard now hosts a lovely patio perfectly situated to watch the world go by while enjoying a glass of wine from the respectable and international list.
Happy Hour wine specials and "wine flights" - offered nightly from 4 to 7 p.m. for $12 per flight or $5 per glass - hand over an ideal way to sip varietals from Spain, France and South Africa without overwhelming your palette or wallet.
Burgundy's menu is simple: five soup or salad selections, five hors d'oeuvres, six entrees and three desserts. Seafood, chicken, lamb, steak and a veggie dish - all the basics are covered. A must do is the "Three Course Prix-Fixe," which allows you to choose an item from the soup/salad section and an entree and dessert, all for the killer price of $27.
"Burgundy's Famous" Tomato Soup (100 percent vegetable, fresh herbs and a light yogurt drizzle) delivered warmth and a deliciously hearty consistency. The Chef's special cream-based seafood soup fell just below the perfectly seasoned mark, but nothing a pinch of salt and pepper didn't fix. Dip the wonderful crusty bread for extra happiness. That is, right after you've had a piece with the zesty herb butter and brightly flavored green olive tapenade.
We savored the Burgundy Lamb Chops (tender lamb, sauteed spinach and wine sauce) with steamed broccoli and the Steak Bourguignon (8 ounce, vegetarian-fed Black Angus beef) with grilled asparagus and an entrecote sauce with pomme frites. The lamb arrived with a very deep red hue sauce and was delicious if not a touch under done.
One chop was dead-on medium rare while the other could've used a few more minutes. Very country French in preparation, flavor and texture. The steak was perfectly cooked, well seasoned, tender beyond all hope and the generous portion of frites were to die for.
The desserts are absolutely luscious French delicacies. The Chocolate Souffle (a warm dark chocolate fondant cake) and the Mountain Berry Cream Flan (vanilla custard, mixed fresh berries) had just the right amount of sweetness to tickle the taste buds.
A trip to Burgundy is well worth it on most counts. From the simple menu to the simplicity of the venue itself, you will relish in the comforts of eating at "home."
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Burgundy Grill Wine Bar
- 830 Kline St., La Jolla
- (858) 729-9905
The desserts were showstoppers.
Though not exactly "bad," our server made no effort to engage us and was very robotic.